Beef Stew

16 Jan

I’ve never had much luck with stews and roasts – for some reason they just never have much flavor… that is until I discovered Williams Sonoma recipes online. The last time I made a pot roast it was from W-S and now this stew is also adapted from a W-S recipe… This stew was out of this world amazing and it was just what I was looking for. Full of flavor but still simple and comforting. DEFINITELY a winner!

Williams Sonoma 20-Minute Beef Stew

Ingredients:
3 lb. boneless stewing beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
1⁄3 cup all-purpose flour
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
3 Tbs. olive oil
1 1⁄2 cups red wine
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces
2 celery stalks, cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces
1⁄2 lb. new potatoes, cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces
1 Tbs. tomato paste
1 1⁄2 cups beef stock
3 fresh thyme sprigs
Directions:
-In a large bowl, toss the beef with the flour, salt and pepper to coat evenly.
-Set an electric pressure cooker to “brown” according to the manufacturer’s instructions and warm the olive oil.
-Add half the beef and brown on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes.

-Transfer to a bowl.

-Repeat with the remaining beef and transfer to the bowl.

-Add the wine to the pressure cooker and bring to a simmer, stirring to scrape up the browned bits.

-Add the beef, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, potatoes, tomato paste, stock and thyme and stir to combine.
-Cover and cook on “high” for 20 minutes according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
-Release the pressure according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If the liquid is too thin, transfer the beef and vegetables to a serving bowl, set the pressure cooker to “brown” and cook until the liquid is reduced to the desired consistency.

-Pour the liquid over the beef and vegetables and serve immediately.
Serves 6.
Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.

MY ADAPTATIONS: I don’t have a pressure cooker so I browned the beef in a deep skillet and then combined all ingredients in a stock pot to bring to a slow simmer for about an hour and 15 minutes.
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One Response to “Beef Stew”

  1. Joelen 01/16/2009 at 5:25 pm #

    Yeah – pressure cookers kinda freak me out too and I’d probably make this the same way you did!

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