Hearty Beef Stew

Hearty Beef Stew: A Comforting Culinary Journey

Hearty Beef Stew: A Comforting Culinary Journey

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 pounds stew beef, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine (optional)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 4 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a spacious pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Toss the stew beef with flour in a bowl until evenly coated.
  3. Add the beef to the pot and cook until it turns a rich brown on all sides, approximately 5-7 minutes.
  4. Incorporate the diced onion and minced garlic, cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  5. Pour in the beef broth, red wine (if using), and add the bay leaves and thyme. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.
  6. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it cook for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until the beef reaches a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness.
  7. Introduce the sliced carrots and celery to the pot, continuing to cook for another 30-45 minutes until the vegetables achieve a delightful tenderness.
  8. Remove the bay leaves and season the stew with salt and pepper to your taste preferences.
  9. Serve this savory dish hot, garnished with a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley.

Indulge in the heartwarming flavors of this Beef Stew, a culinary masterpiece that promises both satisfaction and comfort. 🍲✨

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