Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ahhhh, comfort food...

If you're looking for a health conscious recipe, move along to the next blog, there's nothing to see here.
But if you're not, continue reading.
Who wouldn't love a delicious bowl of beef stew on a cold, dreary day?

This Paula Deen recipe is one of my many favorites of hers.

Old-Time Beef Stew
2 pounds stew beef
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 or 2 bay leaves
1 medium onion, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Dash ground allspice or ground cloves
3 large carrots, sliced
3 ribs celery, chopped
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Brown meat in hot oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves and garlic clove. Add carrots and celery. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.
Then slather some butter on a slice of homemade bread and enjoy!
NOTE: I tweak it a bit. I double the water and add more cornstarch. I add potatoes and peas. I also chop up the garlic and toss it in.

Now if you will excuse me, I need to put on a pair of stretchy sweat pants. After strapping on the feed bag and digging into this, I'm gonna need 'em.

:> )


Robin said...

You are TOOO funny !! You always make me smile ...no,LAUGH !!
I LOVE Paula....and this recipe definately looks, stretch pants worthy !!

Susan said...

Looks so yummy. There's nothing like an elastic waistband when you're shoveling in, excuse me I meant "partaking of", comfort food. Beef and I haven't been getting along lately, but I can almost smell this cooking. Delish. Enjoy.

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

actually this is not a bad "healthy" recipe..there was no butter in it..so its pretty good in my book. sounds good on a day like today..we are having spaghetti and meatballs..you talk about burping...it will be from the other end here..lol..I know TMI...but you went there first.;)

tj said...

..This sounds fantastic Karin - thank you so much for the recipe!

...Now pinning. :o)


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