Comfort to the max!! The longer it sits at a low simmer the better it tastes.
We listen to a lot of Jack Johnson music especially on our family boat. There is a lyric in his island Style song that goes: “Mama’s in the kitchen cooking dinner real nice. Beef stew on the stove…” it inspired me to shift my usual slow cooker beef stew method to stovetop. Is that weird? It worked out well, and you can still make this recipe in a slow cooker or instapot too!
A quick look at what ya need. Not pictured grass fed beef stew meat I had the butcher cut for me out of a roast.
Start my combining the flour and seasonings and coating the meat with it.
Next brown in a little olive oil in a single layer to get a good sear on all sides. Color here equals flavor! Don’t skip this step.
There we go! Remove beef from pan and leave all those bits in. They will flavor your stew!
Add a bit of oil and the chopped onions, carrots and celery. I love this smell! Cook until softened. Then add the garlic.
Dice and add potatoes to the pan. I didn’t peel them but you sure can if that’s your preference. cook a few minutes.
Next, add the beef broth and tomato paste. Stir with a wooden spoon scraping all the bits from bottom of the pan so they work into your stew. If you prefer a less tomatoey stew (I do) reduce or omit the paste.
Next add the beef and peas and simmer covered for 60-90 minutes or all day! Stir and add more broth if needed to get it as thin or thick as you like.
There’s magic happening in there. The kitchen smells amazing. Cue the Jack Johnson song now…
If desired mix cornstarch with a little water or broth and stir in during last 5-10 minutes of cooking. Ah… enjoy! Serve with a nice crusty bread and a salad to bump up the veggies in this meal even more.
2 lbs beef stew meat
1/4 c flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 onion, diced
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 c beef broth plus more as stew simmers
4 medium potatoes, peeled (or not!) and diced
4 large carrots, peeled and diced
3/4 cup frozen peas
2-3 tsp cornstarch