How to cook Beef stew

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How to cook Beef stew
Beef stew is an easy made family meal (public domain)

Nothing spells comfort better than a pot of hearty beef stew simmering on the stove. Stew beef is inexpensive, and vegetables and potatoes round out this one-pot meal. Dumplings are easily made from scratch or your favourite baking mix. Be sure to make plenty as your family will want seconds.

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Things you need

  • 0.454kg. (1lb) stew meat, cut into small pieces
  • Flour for dredging
  • Seasoning salt
  • 4 cups beef stock, water, or a mix of both
  • 4 tbsp butter or margarine
  • One onion, cut in chunks
  • Four to five carrots, cut in chunks
  • Two to three stalks celery, cut in chunks
  • Two to three baking potatoes, cut in chunks
  • 0.227kg. (1/2 lb) mushrooms, whole or sliced

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    Cooking beef stew

  1. 1

    Cut the stew beef into pieces about 1.5cm (1/2-inch) square. Put about 1/2 cup of flour in a plastic bag and add a few shakes of your favourite seasoning salt. Add the beef and shake until the meat is coated with the flour mixture. Melt the the butter in a large pot. Empty the plastic bag into the pot and brown the beef in the butter. Add the liquid, cover the pot, and set heat to low. Let simmer about an hour, until the meat is tender.

    How to cook Beef stew
    Cut up the beef and season it (DC Productions/Photodisc/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Meanwhile, chop the vegetables. When the meat is tender, add the vegetables. Cover the pot and let simmer until the potatoes and carrots are tender.

    How to cook Beef stew
    Chop the vegetables (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    If desired, make dumplings following recipe from cookbook or baking mix. For an interesting flavour, add 1/2 cup grated cheese, 1 tsp oregano, or 1 tbsp minced horseradish to the dumplings before cooking. Cook the dumplings in the stew, following recipe directions.

    How to cook Beef stew
    Dumplings (Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Add more liquid and vegetables to make more stew. There is no need to measure. Just add enough liquid to cover the vegetables.
  • For variety, try other vegetables. Fresh green beans, parsnips, frozen corn are all good choice. Be creative. You really can't damage stew.
  • If you don't want dumplings, stew is wonderful served with biscuits or fresh bread.

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