Best Ever Beef Stew

Now that cooler weather is coming, it’s time to start thinking about comfort foods.

Without bragging too much, I will have to say this is the best beef stew ever. I got the foundation in my home economics class  many  years ago and kept changing until now. It’s what I make if someone is sick or if you’ve lost someone. It’s a temporary fix. It is a favorite of my husband, kids, and friends. Just hits the spot on a cold winter’s night. Mike (my husband) said to make sure I told you to serve with homemade (or good store bought) biscuits.

Serves 8:

Ingredients:

2  pounds chuck roast, cut into bite size pieces
1/4 cup  flour
2  teaspoons salt, divided
2  teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
2  tablespoons coconut or canola oil
1  medium onion, chopped
2  cloves garlic, minced
2  bay leaves
4 stalks celery, chopped
1  pound red potatoes, cut into bite size pieces
1  pound carrots, cut into bite size pieces
2 tablesspoon of beef bouillon
10  ounce frozen peas
salt & pepper, to taste

1/2 cup dry red wine (optional)
1  tablespoon corn starch (optional)

Directions:

Cube roast into 1″ pieces and place one pound at a time in large food storage bag with flour, 1 teas salt and 1 teas of pepper. Coat meat.

Melt coconut oil in large dutch oven, shake off excess flour and put meat into pan and brown.

Add 1 onion, 1 clove garlic, 1 teas of salt, 1 teas of pepper, 4 stalks of celery, water to cover .

Bring to a boil, then turn heat to simmer and cook 2 hours.

 Add potatoes, carrots, beef bouillon and more salt and pepper if needed.

Cook for 1 hour, add green peas, turn heat off and let sit 10 minutes.

If broth is too thin, add 1 tbsp of cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water to the stew. Bring to a boil and turn off as it thickens.I also like to add a 1/2 cup of dry red wine at the end but not necessary.The alcohol will cook out.
Servings: 8

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