Monday, October 3, 2022

MONDAY RECIPE POST - BEEF AND POTATO STEW

This is our first beef stew of the season, always a favorite request.  I usually try different versions. This one added more potatoes (though you wouldn't know it by looking at those photos) and a few new twists at the end of the recipe, Balsamic Vinegar and Horseradish stirred in just before serving up (see my notes at the end of the recipe).  With the start of the colder months (even though the days are still very nice), the evenings are a little chillier and it felt like it was time to make a beef stew.

I found it at Eating Well and you can find the original recipe here.


Beef and Potato Stew – 8 servings

Serving size: 1-1/2 cups - 435 calories in each serving.

This beef and potato stew is slow-cooked (not slow-cooker as I first thought) to perfection, and you end up with a delicious gravy and the meat is very tender.  Very important for me, you can make it ahead of time.  I would have no problem doing this the day before.


3 lbs. pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided

1 teaspoon ground pepper

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 medium onions, chopped

8 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

¼ cup unsalted tomato paste (we bought a 7 oz. can and used it all)

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

¼ cup all-purpose flour

2 cups dry red wine, such as cabernet sauvignon (I used Meiomi Pinot Noir, which is a family favorite, not that we are wine connoisseurs, we just know what we like.  We usually pour ourselves a glass and serve with our meal)

4 cups unsalted beef broth

5 fresh thyme sprigs

1 bay leaf

1 (24 ounces) package baby Yukon Gold potatoes, halved

3 medium carrots, peeled and cut diagonally (1-inch)

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon prepared horseradish

Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


Position rack in bottom third of oven; preheat to 325°F. 

Heat a large ovenproof Dutch oven over medium-high heat. 

Toss beef with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large bowl. 

Add oil to the pot and swirl to coat. 

In 3 batches, add beef; cook until browned on 2 sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. 

Transfer to a plate. 

Repeat with the remaining beef. 

Reduce heat to medium and add onions and garlic; cook, stirring often, until softened and starting to brown slightly, about 3 minutes. 

Add tomato paste and rosemary; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant and the tomato paste darkens, about 1 minute. 

Stir in flour; cook, stirring constantly, until the vegetables are coated, about 1 minute. 

Stir in wine and bring to a boil; cook, stirring, until glossy and thickened, about 5 minutes. 

Add broth, thyme sprigs, bay leaf and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. 

Stir in the beef and any accumulated juices. 

Remove from heat and cover tightly with a lid. 

Transfer to the oven and bake until the sauce has reduced and the beef is mostly tender, about 2 hours. 

Remove from oven; stir in potatoes and carrots. 

Cover and continue baking until the beef, potatoes and carrots are tender, about 1 hour. 

Don't forget to take the thyme sprigs out and the bay leaf before serving.

Stir in vinegar and horseradish. 

Garnish with parsley, if desired.


To make ahead

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

If you are following such things, the nutritional values can be found at the original recipe, the link I have provided in the beginning of the recipe.  


We thoroughly enjoyed this beef and potato stew.  It was delicious!  

I ended up using a slow cooker, even though the above version was made for the oven.  This was because we didn't have a Dutch Oven big enough to fit all the ingredients, and the container for the slow cooker fit perfectly.  I looked at another recipe cooked that way, and they said put it on low for 7-8 hours.  We found that ours cooked faster, and after checking at 6-1/2 hours, everything was cooked perfectly.  So, if you end up using a slow cooker, I would check to see if it is done after 6-hours.  It worked for us and everything was very tender.

We cooked all the ingredients in a large frying pan up to the point of adding the already seared beef.  Instead, we put the meat into the slow cooker, and carefully poured all the other cooked ingredients over the top, and then turned on the slow cooker.

I added a container of mushrooms along with everything else.  On reflection I would have added two containers.  Also, my co-chef in the kitchen suggested we add more potatoes, more carrots and even more onions.  

This version doesn't have a lot of salt in it, which is a good thing if you are watching how much you use for health reasons.  We are trying to watch our salt intake and if you need more, you can always add it at the table.  Depends on your own taste.  

Don’t forget to remove the sprig of thyme and bay leaf. 

Neither of us felt like adding the Balsamic vinegar or the horseradish when suggested.  I added a dash of vinegar in my bowl at the table.  Both of us preferred it without as the broth was incredible.

I forgot to add chopped parsley at the end of the meal, which would have made it look prettier.  A little green goes a long way.  I wasn't really satisfied how it looked in my photos, but at least it tasted great.

One more thought, adding a little extra flour to make a thicker broth/gravy.

We added a nice crusty roll for dipping.

A big thumb's up from both of us and we are enjoying the leftovers, which only seemed to get better.

That's about all I can think of.  If you have any suggestions of your own, I would be happy to hear them.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your week 
and Bon Appétit!




36 comments:

  1. It looks so wonderful and warming. And you always know just what to add to make a recipe even better!

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    1. Thank you Ginny, fortunately hubby and I have the same taste in foods, with only a few exceptions :) Hope your finger is healing quickly.

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  2. I bet that tastes good as the ingredients are good.

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  3. Casseroles/stews are wonderful aren't they? And the left overs often taste even better on subsequent reheatings.

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  4. Yes!! And crusty bread to top of the stew even better!!

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    1. Oh yes, it really is a great addition :) Thanks Anni!

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  5. That looks like a heartwarming dish in winter.

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  6. Looks warming, delicious and comforting!

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    1. Muito obrigado, é delicioso. Um abraço e boa semana :)

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  8. Looks delicious. I love beef stew. My aunt used to use instant potato flakes at the end to thicken the broth.

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    1. We do too Ann, and thank you for the tip from your aunt's version. Great idea!

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  9. As soon as I saw this I thought I will have to make it. We're north and it is cold and the thought of a warming beef stew with potatoes sounds so good! Thanks for sharing this recipe, Denise!

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    1. You are very welcome! As soon as it gets chilly right Jeanie? :) My mum used to make it, but she would add suet dumplings to hers.

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  10. What could be better than a bowl of this beautiful beef stew on a cold day?! You say you weren't pleased with the photos, but I'll tell you the dark rich gravy got my attention, Denise! I was wondering about the balsamic vinegar when I first read the ingredients. I don't think I would have added it either. Thank you for posting this one and the fact you used your slow cooker as well.

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    1. You are very welcome Martha Ellen, and thank you, your sweet comment about my photo put my mind at ease :)

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  11. Just perfect for the cooler months.
    Yummy :)

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hi Jan, it certainly is :) Thank you and all the best to you too.

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  12. The horseradish is a nice twist of flavor at the end

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    1. Thank you Carol, I might try a dab of horseradish next time. I have only had it with roast beef before.

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  13. That simply looks delicious. This is the time for beef stew and other comfort foods.

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    1. Thanks Yogi :) yes, it’s the perfect time for comfort foods.

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  14. It sounds wonderful...sounds so good on this cool night.

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  15. This beef and potato stew looks amazing. I love soups and stews during the colder months. This looks like a healthy meal that is filling too.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Thank you Sheri, great comfort food isn't it? And as you say, healthy :)

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  16. oh denise, this looks and sounds amazing!! we love beef stew!!!!!!! and i would definitely add more potatoes, we love potatoes. i am going to try this, i am ready for a big pot of stew!!!

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    1. Hi Debbie, it's one of our favorites too :) Hope you enjoy when you make it :)

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  17. My comfort food usually is served in a bowl! This looks like a good recipe. Thank you Denise.

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    1. You are very welcome Ellen, glad you enjoyed :)

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