Yes! It’s Friday and I am happy to be done with the Christmas shopping! We ran to the mall to pick up one last gift yesterday and the mall was super empty! I love that. I just have to wrap those gifts and get a crafty gift or two done. I am going to try to take it kind of easy between this weekend and Christmas…that’s going to be hard! I am the kind of person that feels like they have to be doing something constantly. It’s pretty rare for me to sit or lay down and even watch TV.
If I am not cleaning or crafting I am cooking. Cooking delicious food like Paula Deen’s Old Time Beef Stew. I’ve tried several different beef stew recipes, but this is the one!
This was sooooo good. The meat was soft and tender and the gravy was delicious! It was a bit thicker than other stews I’ve tried which made it more filling!
A nice big bowlful (not a cup like the picture above) is perfect after a day out in the cold. It is sure to warm you up.
Paula Deen’s Old Time Beef Stew
- 2 pounds stew beef
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 1 or 2 bay leaves
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- Dash ground allspice or ground cloves
- 3 large carrots, sliced (I used the little carrots that come ready to throw in the pot!)
- 3 ribs celery, chopped
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup (or to your liking) thawed peas-I added this because I like peas!
Brown meat in hot oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves and garlic clove. Add carrots and celery. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer. Add peas and cook another 10 minutes. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.
This is really easy to make and all in one pot!
Adapted from http://www.foodnetwork.com/