Beef stew

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds (900g) beef stew meat, cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the beef chunks and cook until browned on all sides. This step helps to develop flavor. Remove the beef from the pot and set it aside.
  3. In the same pot, add the diced onion and minced garlic. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent and fragrant.
  4. Return the beef to the pot. Add the beef broth and red wine, if using. Stir in the bay leaves and dried thyme. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let the stew simmer for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the beef becomes tender.
  6. Add the chopped carrots and potatoes to the pot. Continue simmering for another 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked to your desired tenderness.
  7. Taste the stew and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  8. Serve the beef stew hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley if desired.

 

Note: You can customize the recipe by adding other vegetables like peas, mushrooms, or celery, based on your preference. You can also experiment with different herbs and spices to enhance the flavor according to your taste.

Enjoy your homemade beef stew!

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