Old-Fashioned Beef Stew

Everybody needs a good, reliable recipe for beef stew. This is it.
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 or 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • dash of ground allspice or ground cloves
  • 6 medium carrots, scraped and quartered
  • 5 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 pound pearl onions, peeled
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Brown beef on all sides in hot oil in a Dutch oven. Add the 3 cups of water and the next nine ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and discard the garlic clove and bay leaves. Add the carrots and potatoes, cover and simmer 30 to 45 minutes until vegetables are tender.

Carefully remove beef and vegetables with a slotted spoon. Cover and keep warm. Drain off or skim fat from drippings, reserving 1-3/4 cups drippings in the Dutch oven.

Combine the 1/4 cup water with the flour, and stir until smooth. Stir a few tablespoons of the drippings into the flour mixture, and stir again until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the drippings in the Dutch oven, stirring constantly, until smooth. Cook over medium heat 3 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Return meat and vegetables to Dutch oven, and stir to combine.
Makes 9 cups.

Prep time: 45 minutes; Cooking time: 2 hours 30 minutes; Total time: 3 hours 15 minutes

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