Well the weather has finely gotten a little chilly here in Oklahoma, and with chilly weather comese warm beef stew. I made beef stew the other day and plan on making this recipe a lot this winter. This is a recipe for stew mix and the stew that I make with it. But you can make your stew how you like and just use this mix instead of a store bought mix. You could measure out a couple portions of mix and give as gifts too along with recipe.
Beef Stew Seasoning Mix (makes 26 TBS)
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons oregano
2 tablespoons basil
4 1/4 tablespoons salt
4 1/4 tablespoons black pepper
4 1/4 tablespoons garlic powder
4 1/4 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons celery seeds
4 1/4 tablespoons onion powder
2 teaspoons rosemaryMix all dry ingredients in a ziplock bag or an air tight container, shake well.
Use 2-3 TBS per 2 lbs of meat.
Beef Stew Recipe
1.5lb-2lb stew meat
salt and pepper
couple handfuls baby carrots, or 2-3 carrots diced into 1/4 inch pieces
4-5 red potatoes, washed and cubed. (I leave the peels on but you can choose to peel them)
2-3 stalks of celery, diced
1 white onion, cut into medium size chunks
1cup frozen peas
2 TBS vegetable oil, divided
3-4 cups Beef Broth, Or 4 cups hot water and enough bullion cubes to make beef broth (proper measurements on the side of bullion cube container)
Dry beef and season with salt and pepper. In a large heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat add 1 Tbs of oil to pot and place half the meat in the pot, making one even layer. Brown meat on one side (about 2-3 minutes) and take tongs to rotate pieces of meat and brown for an additional 5 minutes or so. Take this batch of meat out and place in a bowl. Add the other TBS of oil and repeat this step with remaining uncooked meat.
Return browned meat back to the pot and add, onions, carrots, celery, and potatoes, 3-4 cups beef broth and 2-3Tbs of beef stew mix. Reduce heat to medium low, cover pot and simmer for about 2 hours, checking liquid levels. If you wish you can add remaining broth into the pot. In the last 5 minutes of cooking add 1 cup frozen peas to the pot. Simmer until peas are cooked. Serve hot.
* You can also do this in a slow cooker, just brown beef as mentioned above and place all other ingredients into slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.