Oma’s Beef Stew

Oma's Beef Stew
Oma's Beef Stew
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Hearty and simple stew that will warm the heart of any carnivore. I made this for our class potluck and have to admit, one of my best. I like using a crockpot, but you can also do this in the oven. Remember, slow and low is key, so if doing it in the oven, I'd cook it at 325º for 3-4 hours).
Servings
8 servings
Servings
8 servings
Oma's Beef Stew
Oma's Beef Stew
Print Recipe
Hearty and simple stew that will warm the heart of any carnivore. I made this for our class potluck and have to admit, one of my best. I like using a crockpot, but you can also do this in the oven. Remember, slow and low is key, so if doing it in the oven, I'd cook it at 325º for 3-4 hours).
Servings
8 servings
Servings
8 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Turn on your crockpot (if it is the programmable type, set it for high 4 hours, low 7 hours) First, pat the meat dry. (Julia Child said you have to dry the meat so it will brown). Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat skillet or dutch oven (if not using a crockpot). Add oil and 1/2 of the meat. Don't crowd your pan. You need to brown the meat, not steam it. Once the meat is browned, spoon it into the crockpot. (use a slotted spoon) Next, add the chopped onions to the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook about 2-3 min on medium-high heat. Add minced garlic, rosemary & thyme and cook another minute. Add this mixture to the meat in the crockpot. Add the potatoes, carrots, hand crushed tomatoes, juice of tomatoes, water, and beef consomme. About an hour before serving, mix the cornstarch and 1/2 cup water (called slurry). Pour into stew and stir. Just before serving, top with parsley (optional) Serve plain or over rice.
Recipe Notes

*I like to use juicing carrots because of their size and sweetness. I typically will use two of them, quartered and cut into 2-inch strips. So, I've estimated the amount to be equal to about 4 regular carrots.

**For dishes like this, it's hard to estimate the amount of salt and pepper, so before adding the cornstarch slurry, taste and add more salt/pepper as needed.

***I have used tomato paste which makes the stew very rich and yummy...

 

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