Low-Cost Beef Stew

Low-Cost Beef Stew

You don’t need fancy ingredients to prepare a tasty stew (but if you do check out this stew recipe). Get the least tender cuts of meat and by stewing it, it will turn tender and juicy. The rich sauce is just so perfect for scooping it up with some crusty bread. In some parts of Europe, including my homeland Bosnia, using a piece of bread as main tool to mop up any deliciousness on your plate is viewed as a compliment to the hostess. It’s not our eating etiquette by any means – it just shows how much you enjoy her tasty meal but you won’t offend her by using utensils. I want to make that clear before you get in such situation and think it’d be rude not to move food from a plate to your mouth with just a piece of bread. It is also not the most polite demonstration at nice restaurants, by the way. Generally, we like to take time eating. Our traditional dishes take hour(s) to prepare so it’s not uncommon to spend even more time savoring every bite.

 


Ingredients:
Serves 4
2 pounds stew Beef (or beef chuck cut into 2-inch pieces)
2 large Onions, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
2 Bay Leaves
1 large Carrot, sliced (optional)
1 teaspoon smoked Paprika
1 teaspoon freshly ground black Pepper
2 teaspoons Salt
2 tablespoons Tomato paste
2 cups Water
1 tablespoon Flour
2 tablespoons Oil

 

Directions:

Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add meat to the pot and cook, stirring rarely, until browned all over, about 5-10 minutes. Searing meat cubes like this is a key to creating the kind of rich, caramelized flavors that make stews irresistibly good. Add bay leaves, onions, garlic and carrots. Season with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and paprika. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened and just starting to brown, about five minutes.

Sprinkle in the flour and cook until the raw flavor has cooked off, about two minutes. Pour in the water and tomato paste, scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot, and increase the heat to bring to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the meat is knife tender, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  Remove and discard the bay leaves before serving. Spoon the stew over potatoes or egg noodles.

Low-Cost Beef Stew

Low-Cost Beef Stew

Low-Cost Beef Stew

Low-Cost Beef Stew

Low-Cost Beef Stew

Ingredients

  • Serves 4
  • 2 pounds stew Beef (or beef chuck cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 2 large Onions, chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 large Carrot, sliced (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato paste
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 tablespoon Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Oil

Directions

Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add meat to the pot and cook, stirring rarely, until browned all over, about 5-10 minutes. Searing meat cubes like this is a key to creating the kind of rich, caramelized flavors that make stews irresistibly good.

Add bay leaves, onions, garlic and carrots. Season with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and paprika. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened and just starting to brown, about five minutes.

Sprinkle in the flour and cook until the raw flavor has cooked off, about two minutes. Pour in the water and tomato paste, scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot, and increase the heat to bring to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the meat is knife tender, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove and discard the bay leaves before serving.

Spoon the stew over potatoes or egg noodles.

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12 Comment

  1. Reply
    Baking In Pyjamas
    February 23, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    I love a good old stew, this sounds great. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      February 23, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Hi Laura,
      Thanks, I will see you next Sunday. Come join us for Thursday Favorite Things! We’d love to have you!

  2. Reply
    Sherry
    February 21, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    This sounds and looks so good! Thanks for linking up to Funtastic Friday. Hope to see you again this week.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      February 21, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks Sherry, you can count on it 🙂

  3. Reply
    joylovefood
    February 14, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    This sounds wonderful! Love the addition of paprika. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? I hope you’ll join us again this Monday morning 🙂

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      February 14, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks for visiting Joy! I’ll be back Monday 🙂

  4. Reply
    Caroline @ Shrinking Single
    February 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    It is summer here in Australia so I am pinning this one to make when autumn and winter come around. I love a good stew and this sounds delicious, easy and budget conscious. Great when a recipe manages to get good flavours without using unusual ingredients.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      February 10, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Don’t tease me with words like “summer”, lol. I am sick of this snow already. Thanks for visiting, Caroline! Hugs

      1. Reply
        Caroline
        February 11, 2015 at 4:34 am

        If it make you feel a bit better, we have had our coldest January in about 15 years. Very depressing!

        1. Reply
          allthatsjas
          February 11, 2015 at 3:04 pm

          How cold was it? If it’s not below zero, it’s not depressing, lol

          1. Caroline
            February 11, 2015 at 3:27 pm

            No not below zero but we are wimps in Australia. A friend of mine broke out the electric blanket.

          2. allthatsjas
            February 12, 2015 at 8:53 am

            Lol, no shame in that! I use mine every winter too 🙂

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