Clever Chicks Blog Hop #30, Beef Stew Recipe

This is my tried-and-true beef and barley stew recipe. The barley thickens up the stew a little bit at the end, but if you like your stew thicker, make a little slurry of 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1/2 cup water and drizzle into simmering stew at the end until the desired consistency is reached. 
1 lb (or more) of 2 stew
beef, cut into 1” cubes, patted dry 
½ cup flour
1 tsp garlic powder, some
salt & pepper
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
3 carrots, peeled &
sliced into coins
3 celery stalks, sliced
¾ cup cabbage or
brussel sprouts, finely shredded
Approximately 6 cups water or beef stock
1 small can V-8 juice or tomato juice (optional)
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon of GravyMaster (optional for color)
¼ cup Sherry (not cooking Sherry, drinking Sherry)
¼ cup Marsala wine (not cooking wine, drinking wine)
Some fresh or dried rosemary
leaves wrapped in cheesecloth or a tea infuser.
 ½ cup
pearl barley, rinsed, OR 2 medium potatoes 

1. Put flour into a gallon
sized zip top bag with garlic powder, salt and pepper & shake to mix. Drop
pieces of DRY, cubed beef into the flour and shake to cover all sides. With hand in bag, pick up a handful of meat and shake off excess

2. In a heavy-bottomed stew
pot, add some olive oil to coat bottom of pan and heat to medium-high. Drop
dredged beef into pan and brown on all sides. Adjust heat if necessary to avoid
smoking and burning of flour. Don’t over-crowd the pan or stack the beef cubes on
top of each other. Brown in batches if necessary. Add more oil if needed. When
browned, remove beef from pot & set aside. Reduce heat to medium.
3. Add a drizzle of olive oil
& onions to pot and cook until softened. Return meat to pan.
4.  Add enough water or beef stock (or both) to
cover the meat. (Essentially use as much liquid as the amount of stew you’d
like to make). Adjust salt and pepper seasonings to taste. Tie bag of
cheesecloth or tea infuser w/ rosemary in it to edge of pan for ease of
retrieval before serving.
5. Add all remaining ingredients
6. Bring to a simmer and then
reduce heat to low for several hours (the longer the better, but a minimum of
one hour).
IF using BARLEY:  in the last 40 minutes before serving, turn
up heat to medium and add the rinsed barley, stirring occasionally.
last 15 minutes before serving, turn up the heat to medium and add the potatoes.

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Thanks for the invitation, Karen! I'm linked up! 🙂

Karen Goodman

Your Beef Stew recipe is just the type of recipe I'm looking for in my Link Party that just opened a few minutes ago. With winter chill coming on, everyone should know how to make a good stew!

This week on Future Expat's Required Ingredient Link Party, we are featuring potato recipes. I hope you'll come link up this one and any others you think others will like!

Savannah McQueen

Thanks for linking to Saturday Dishes. I hope you'll return this week as we are featuring slow cooker recipes.


Thanks so much for linking up your recipe with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" It looks delicious! I love a good stew. I hope you will be able to join us again this week. Many blessings, Lisa

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