I am a meat and potatoes girl. All the way. If I had to choose a last meal, this would be it. Beef stew, even a local Hawaii favorite. Mashed potatoes, satisfies my inner cravings for Thanksgiving food. (See our post on how to use Thanksgiving Leftovers!)

When beef tips or chuck steak go on sale, or when I can get a larger pack at Costco, my first thought is to make a big pot of stew, and freeze half of it for later. For a while, I would pull up whatever came up on Pinterest first, but the more often I made this delicious dish, I found the elements I liked best and developed my own version.

Cooking vs. Baking

Cooking is like any other skill you develop, the more you do it, you start to see the same basic patterns and then it becomes second nature. I thought I had to always follow recipes precisely to get it exactly right, but once I started noticing patterns (i.e., oil first and then sautée the aromatics like onions and garlic before the meat goes in… or bring everything to a boil before you simmer it for a period of time). There is room for experimenting and flexibility in cooking. Baking, on the other hand, is more of a precise practice. Exact measurements are important as ingredients affect each other differently in a batter rather than a pot where fluids can be added or cooked off.

Once you start seeing the same process over and over, you can add or change ingredients when you know how they’re affected by the process. So I am happy to share my version of beef stew and potatoes with you! I’ll explain a few insights I’ve learned through each step to help you on your cooking journey!

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Beef Stew & Mashed Potatoes
Steak and veggies in herbs and beef broth, a hearty stew, slow cooked. Best served with your favorite starch.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40-60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp (divided) olive or avocado oil
  • 4 tsp sea salt (divided) 2 tsp for meat, 2 tsp for broth
  • 2 tsp ground pepper 1 tsp for meat, 1 tsp for broth
  • 2 lbs beef chuck or ribeye steak cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 medium yellow onion sliced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups beef broth Better than Bullion
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cup chopped or baby carrots i inch cubes
  • 1 cup chopped celery 1 inch cubes
  • 1 sprig rosemary or 1/2 tsp dry
  • 1 sprig thyme or 1/2 tsp dry
  • 2 pieces bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley or 1 tsp dry
  • 1 cup (divided) tapioca flour 1/2 per 1 lb. meat (or regular flour)
  • 6-8 diced gold yukon potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tsp fine grain sea salt for potatoes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40-60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp (divided) olive or avocado oil
  • 4 tsp sea salt (divided) 2 tsp for meat, 2 tsp for broth
  • 2 tsp ground pepper 1 tsp for meat, 1 tsp for broth
  • 2 lbs beef chuck or ribeye steak cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 medium yellow onion sliced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups beef broth Better than Bullion
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cup chopped or baby carrots i inch cubes
  • 1 cup chopped celery 1 inch cubes
  • 1 sprig rosemary or 1/2 tsp dry
  • 1 sprig thyme or 1/2 tsp dry
  • 2 pieces bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley or 1 tsp dry
  • 1 cup (divided) tapioca flour 1/2 per 1 lb. meat (or regular flour)
  • 6-8 diced gold yukon potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tsp fine grain sea salt for potatoes
Instructions
Beef Stew
  1. Cut the beef into 1 inch cubes, 1 lb. at a time. Mix meat cubeswith 2 tsp of sea salt & 1 tsp of pepper. Toss meat cubes in 1/2 cup of flour (this is called dredging, adds body to the sauce)
  2. On medium high heat, brown the meat cubes in a dutch oven or deep pot, 1 lb. at a time in 2 tsp of oil for 5 minutes. Browning helps to keep the meat juices inside as the meat slow cooks in its own broth. Repeat with remaining lb. of meat, then add onion and garlic to mix with meat and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Add
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together bullion seasoning, worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste. Pour into meat and mix together.
  4. Add red wine and mix together. I like to keep these small bottles around for cooking, but any full-bodied wine will bring out the flavor of the meat. Allow to simmer for a few minutes.
  5. Side Note: These ArkTEK Kitchen Tongs are awesome for this type of recipe. They have silicon that can withstand heat, great for turning the meat as it browns and scraping the side and bottom of the pot without scratching. Click on link above.
  6. Once meat and broth is mixed, add raw carrots and chopped celery, bring pot to a boil.
  7. I cut springs of rosemary, thyme, and parsley from our herb garden, rinsed, and placed in pot with 2 dried bay leaves.
  8. Turn broth down to simmer on low, and cover.
  9. Cook for at least 40 minutes. Can simmer for longer on the lowest heat setting for richer flavor. Can also use a slow cooker: 4 hours on high, 8 hours on low.
Mashed Potatoes
  1. I like to use gold potatoes, there's something about the flavor and texture that works in a stew like this.
  2. In a separate deep pot, fill at least half way with water and bring to a boil. Dice into 1 inch cubes and set aside in a bowl until the water is done boiling.
  3. Water should cover at least an inch above the potatoes. Cook until potatoes are soft, about 10-12 minutes. Drain in colander and return potatoes to the same pot.
  4. There many delicious ways to make potatoes creamy, this just one of them. I added 2 tsp of sea salt (fine grain so it dissolves faster), but you can add more or less depending on your taste or low-sodium needs.
  5. Chunky stew! Serve over these potatoes, or you own favorite starch. Sweet potatoes mixed with coconut milk are a healthy alternative, rice, pasta, or gluten free anything.
  6. Enjoy!
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By |2017-12-01T18:39:49+00:00May 5th, 2017|Food|0 Comments

About the Author:

Jennifer Bryant is the wife of a good man and mother of two precious kids. Her favorite things include, reading, organizing, blogging, singing with her kids, laughing out loud with her husband, and making food for people. She lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and dreams of taking her family on marvelous adventures across the globe. In the meantime, she blogs about life and family, and encourages others to build practical skills for healthy communication, simple living, and discover their awesomeness. Read more of her posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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