This time of year is when everyone starts to look for comforting, hearty recipes to warm themselves from the inside out. Like today for instance. It’s cold. The wind has been howling for two days now. And the last thing I want on my dinner plate is a salad. No ma’am, I want something substantial. Something that will stick with me for a while. Something like this Garlicky Beef Stew.
If you’re an onion and garlic lover like I am, you’ll just adore this stew. This recipe uses two big onions and a whole head (yes! a whole head) of garlic. Yum. And just in time for Halloween, too! Just have yourself a bowl of this delicious stew and you’ll ward off any sign of vampires :-)
You could purchase stew meat for this recipe, but I just used an inexpensive chuck roast that I cut into cubes myself. If using a roast, cut it into about 1-inch pieces, then pat it dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
In a heavy bottomed pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the chuck in batches and cook until browned on all sides. Do not crowd the pan and add additional oil with each new batch if needed. Remove the browned meat to a plate and set it aside.
While the meat is browning, prepare the onions and garlic. Peel the onions and slice them into rounds. Peel the garlic. Add the butter to the pan. Add the onions and garlic and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions have begun to wilt and brown.
Stir the tomato paste into the onions and garlic. Cook the tomato paste for just a minute or two and then add the beef stock, diced tomatoes with their juice, diced celery, and fresh parsley. Stir together.
Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook over a low simmer for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until the beef is very tender.
Serve over brown or white rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with additional fresh parsley for garnish.
Enjoy! Recipe inspiration: Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
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Other beef stew recipes you might enjoy from around the internet:
Recipe inspiration: Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
- Beef Stew from My Baking Addiction
- Beef Stew with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme from Amanda’s Cookin’
- Lazy Day Beef Stew from Cheeky Kitchen
- Irish Beef Stew from TasteFood
- Beef Stew from For the Love of Cooking
- Oven Beef Stew from Taste of Home
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