This one-pot, oven braised beef stew is filled with hunks of browned beef and vegetables like potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and green beans along with fresh herbs and garlic in rich, deep flavorful gravy. Just this thing to warm your up on a cold winter’s day!
Baby, it’s cold out side.
The snow has been falling steadily all day long. And by the end of the week, our temperatures will be low. And by low I mean -1. GAH! I do not want to leave the house when it’s like this. I want to be holed up with movies and coffee wearing all the scarves, thick socks and eating cozy comforting dishes. Like stew.
Over the weekend I made this amazing oven braised beef stew. It’s my mom’s recipe that I found in the beloved three-ring binder of Our Family’s Beloved Recipes that she gave all us daughters years back. And because I’m my mother’s daughter, I only changed the quantities a little, but the ingredients remain the same. Maybe.
Beautifully browned beef with lots of veggies, herbs and garlic in a deeply rich and brown gravy, all in one pot. It’s just what the cold weather ordered (wait, huh?) so bust out a loaf of crusty bread and dive on in!
First cube up a 2-1/2 pounds of a bottom round roast into a little over 1-inch pieces, like how I did it in this post. I like to cut my own stew meat, because do you really know what cut of meat is in the pre-cut package labled “stew meat”?
Then prep all of the remaining veggies and rustle up the remaining ingredients.
Next sprinkle the pieces of beef with 2 tablespoons of steak seasoning. I like to use Simply Organic Chophouse Seasoning. [affiliate]
Heat the bacon fat and olive oil in a large 6 quart (or larger) dutch oven. Then work in batches, searing the meat until deep golden. The rich color and deep flavor of this braised beef stew is because of the searing of the stew meat.
Transfer the deeply caramelized meat to a clean bowl and repeat with the rest. For me I did it in 3 batches and it took me about 20-25 minutes.
Then reduce the heat to medium, pour the wine into the pot, using a wooden spoon and scraping up the browned bits on the bottom. Immediately tossing all the meat back in afterwards.
Then mix the 1/4 cup of tapioca flour in with the 4 cups beef broth and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire and then pour it all into the pot. Next, toss in all those vegetables and garlic in and give it one last stir. Lastly, place bay leafs into the broth and lay the fresh herbs on top, cover with the heavy lid and bring to a boil before sliding into your preheated 250° oven for 3-1/2 to 4 hours.
Yes 250°. Low and slow, remember? <3
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In the oven is where the magic happens. Slowly cooking the vegetables until they are perfectly tender and the meat falls apart easily.
As you’d expect, this braised beef stew fills your home with the most intoxicating aroma. And on days when the winter weather chills you to the bone, this stew is a warm hug… thawing you from the inside out in the best way possible.
Enjoy! And if you give this recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
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