hearty beef stew
This winter, we have been eating beef stew on a weekly basis. We started out in the crockpot, but then Santa brought us a dutch oven, and I couldn’t wait to adapt the recipe!
Over the years, I have been struggling with perfecting my hearty beef stew. I just couldn’t figure out how to make the “gravy”. Browning the meat in flour and olive oil, gives a base for the gravy later on in the recipe. Of course, this recipe is easily adapted to be gluten-free thanks to using gluten-free all-purpose flour.
We’ve been buying a whole Top Round Beef Roast. I’ve found them to be anywhere from $9-15. I find that the “stew” meat that is already cubed up is often very tough and chewy. Personally, I rather spend a few more dollars and have meat that is tender. Just cut your roast into 1 inch chunks.
We love carrots in our stew, so we go a little heavier on them.
This recipe is so perfect for cold, winter days. It just sticks to your ribs. We always have leftovers the next day for lunch as well.
Be sure while the beef browns to scrape off the brown bits on the bottom of the dutch oven. There is so much flavor that will add depth to your recipe.
- 2lbs Top Round Beef Roast
- 1/2c flour (sub for gluten-free if needed)
- 1 tbsp seasoning salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Olive Oil
- 1 large onion
- 3 bay leaves
- 1/4c Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cups water
- 2 heaping tablespoons Better than Bouillon Beef Base
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 4-5 medium Red Bliss potatoes, diced
- 3-4 carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 celery, diced
- Coat beef with flour and brown on all sides in the olive oil in a dutch oven.
- Sprinkle with salt & pepper
- Remove the meat from the pot once browned and keep warm on a plate.
- Cook the onions.
- Add the meat back to the pot with the onions.
- Add water, bouillon, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Stir together, trying to break up any cooked pieces on the bottom of the dutch oven.
- Put in a 350 degree preheated oven and cook for 1 hour.
- After 1 hour, add your diced carrots, celery, and potatoes.
- Cook for an additional 1 hour.