Sunday, January 9, 2011

Beef Stew with Rosemary

It is snowing lightly here in Oklahoma today so we wanted something warm and comforting for dinner.  Jim wanted me to make my beef stew and I thought it was a great idea because I've been wanting to make a cottage pie.  I plan on using the leftovers as the base for it tomorrow night for dinner.  Just because we are snowed in for a couple of days doesn't mean we can't eat well!  

Beef Stew with Rosemary
2 lbs. lean stew meat , cubed
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 (14 oz) cans beef broth
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 small head of cabbage, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 teaspoons, cornstarch
2 teaspoons, water

Coat beef in cornstarch and cook in oil in a large pot until brown.  Pour in beef broth and stir in rosemary, parsley, pepper and garlic.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.

Stir in potatoes, carrots, celery, onions and cabbage into the pot.  Dissolve cornstarch in 2 teaspoons cold water and stir in stew.  Cover and simmer 1 hour more.

I think there is a trick to getting stew meat good and tender.  I put the meat in a large baggy and shake cornstarch over the top and then sear it till it gets a good color on it.  

Another hint is to sear the meat in small batches.  If you put it all in to sear at once the meat will steam and get tough.
Keep the batches small and the stew meat will melt in your mouth!

I also cook the meat in the beef broth studded with all that good rosemary and parsley for an hour before you add the veggies.  This insures the meat gets well cooked and the vegetables don't get overcooked.

I had a helper in the kitchen today.  This is my daughter Bay.  She is a great little helper.  Bay loves to cook and make lots of treats for her big brothers Ty and Tan.   

I like to serve our stew with a thick rustic sourdough loaf or my  sweet cornbread.  They both go so good with that wonderful rosemary scented broth.  Pure comfort food!


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  2. Great recipes! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to make some of them:)

  3. Yummy! I am totally going to make this tomorrow. It is stew kind of weather here in Japan too!

  4. This looks absolutely delicious! So comforting and warm in such cold weather. Thank you for sharing and inspiring others with your creative flare with all things culinary!
    Blessings :)

  5. That looks yummy! Now, I have a graving for cornbread!
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  6. I love beef stew- never tried it with rosemary! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Following you back!

  7. mmmm I love beef stew especially when its chilly out.

  8. thank you for following! im now following you back! awesome blog! :)

  9. Thanks for popping in on my blog, now I am following you! That stew looks super yummy!
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  10. Looks really good. I love to make home made stew too. Great for football Sundays.
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  11. This look sooo yummy and cooking is much more fun with a friend.. I never cook without one! Also wanted to let you know that you won a giveaway on my blog @

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  14. I will try this.. My husband is a big stew fan..
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  15. Similar to how I make but I've not tried rosemary, I'll have to give that a whirl.

  16. This looks fabulous!! I love a nice warm bowl of beef stew on a snowy day like today! :) Thanks for stopping by and following for FMBT! You should link up your recipes for my Tasty Tuesday linky each week!

  17. how did I not find this blog before?!!!
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  18. Goodness girl, the stew looks yummy, I especially like the little corn bread on the side. Thanks for the follow, I now follow you.
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  21. When I saw the first pic what caught my eye was actually the cornbread! Didnt even have to request the recipe... Thanks for linking it!

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  24. Looks like a wonderful recipe for the cold weather! Thanks for following my blog - stopping by to follow back!

  25. This sounds delicious!

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  27. These look delicious!

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  29. This looks delicious! I've never added rosemary to beef stew, but I can't wait to try this now!
    Have a wonderful day!

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  31. That looks quite tasty. I also LOVE the Pioneer woman cookbook - good stuff! Now following you from the Wed blog hop. Come follow me when you get a chance.

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