I would give beef stew a million hugs and kisses if I didn’t look like a complete psycho doing so. It might be the fact that my grandmother used to make it for me when I was a tiny hispanic child, in the form of carne con papa. Or the fact that I feel like it’s tangible love. That tender beef, with the bite of tomato and aromatics, just gets me. I get it, too. And I suspect you do as well.
Many people are intimidated to make beef stew, but it is quite simple to prepare. Most grandmother-y meals are inherently simple. Think about it, grandmothers don’t want fuss. They have lots of people to feed and stomachs to nourish. Because that’s what they do, they love. Let’s do it.
Please note that what I’m outlining here is a beef stew TEMPLATE. There are no bells and whistles. But you know what? You don’t need any. This is the most basics of the basics. There is nothing crazy fancy, including no wine, which I added in the past but these days I keep things alcohol-free. If you need the wine, I outline how to add it below. I guarantee that it’ll make your mouth and heart happy, though. I just want you to get a solid hang of searing the beef and aromatics and adding liquid, then letting it mellow out and do its thing in the oven, which is all what beef stew is. So let’s get started.
((Quick note about the beef you need to use: beef for stew is generally either chuck (shoulder, leg, and butt) or round (bottom and eye). Round is leaner than chuck. Both of these cuts are tough, but with the careful searing and gentle, long cooking, they’ll into butter. If you can’t find stew beef already cut, select one of these cuts and ask your butcher to cut them into 2” pieces, or cut them yourself at home.))
Good morning sweetheart, it has been a long time since I heard or ate beef stew. Your pictures are very appetizing.
You grandmother made the best beef stew in the planet, the only thing missing is the simple white rice.
As usual I am reading your blog in the AM, and is making me very hungry, there are still hours to go before lunch time.
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