What sounds better on a cold night or winter’s day? Beef stew, of course. Beef stew not only warms the body, but sooths the tummy from the cold. Say you are at home and the weather is cold, either from wind, rain, or snow, how do you create the best beef stew with succulent and soft meat, which will melt in your mouth. Well grab hold of your spoons and get ready to see the best stew ever created.
Just a tip this wonderful dish goes well with your favorite starch, white rice, brown rice, biscuits, sour dough bread, or dinner rolls.
2 – lbs. chuck roast meat,( cubed )
4 – cloves of garlic, ( minced )
1 – 12 oz. bottle of Heineken beer or beer of choice
5 – cups of water or until meat is fully covered
2 – bay leaves
1 – half gallon of V8 Vegetable Juice
1 – 8 oz. can of Tomato soup
5 – medium size red potatoes, ( cubed )
4 – medium carrots, sliced
1 – round onion, ( coarsely chopped )
1 – 8 oz. can of stewed tomato’s
2 – tbsp. of honey
3 – Tablespoons of cornstarch added to 1/2 cup of water
Salt and Pepper to taste
Now that you have all the ingredients, it is time to start cooking! Follow the order of the ingredients to assure proper taste. You will need a standard size stock pot to cook this wonderful meal.
Season the 2 lbs. of chuck roast and brown in stock pot along with the garlic. Remember to add the minced garlic halfway through browning causing it not to burn.
Once you have browned the meat add the bottle of Heineken beer or beer of choice, the ( 2 ) bay leaves, and water. Allow the water to just cover the meat and bring to a boil. When water reaches a boil turn down the heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, checking occasionally.
Once meat is tender add the carrots, onions, stewed tomato’s and honey. The honey will taper down the acidity of the tomato’s. After 15 minutes, add the potatoes as they will take less time to cook than the carrots. Continue to simmer until the carrots and potatoes are fork tender.
When the carrots and potatoes are tender mix the cornstartch mixture to create a slurry. Slowly add all the slurry, while continuing to stir consistently. This will assure all the lumps will be mixed through. Remember you will not know the thickness until the broth comes to a boil.
Take a taste test. Taste the stew now to check the flavor, add salt and pepper as desired.
Once boiling check to see if the consistency or thickness is smooth and hearty. In the case you prefer a thicker broth, simply add another slurry. If not you may turn off the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes before serving.
This wonderful and easy beef stew will be a hit with all your family and friends. Enjoy!