HOMEMADE BEEF STEW
We’re getting ready for colder weather as we welcome Autumn we start by making a delicious homemade beef stew, using seasonal ingredients. During different seasons, different foods are in season not only does that make the ins season produce fresh but it makes them cheaper. So fruits and vegetables like avocados, bananas, watermelon and some yummy vegetables are more affordable and easy to find in stores.
Did you know squad members that the weather isn’t the only thing that changes during seasons? The food changes as well!
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why this is:
- Affordability: In-season produce costs much less because it’s readily available and doesn’t have to be imported.
- Tastes better: Eating fruits and vegetables that are in season taste better because they have been ripened naturally by the weather conditions.
- Well-rounded and balanced diet: It supports your body’s natural nutritional needs for each season, e.g. winter vegetables for healthy soups, and sweet fruits in summer to boost energy and protect against sun damage.
Alright, squad members, now that we know more about autumn season produce we can go ahead making our beef stew. Let’s start with what we will need
- Beef chunks
- 1 tablespoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ yellow onion (chopped)
- Minced garlic
- 1 large carrot (sliced)
- 2 potatoes (diced)
- 2 cups beef broth
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 teaspoon thyme leaves (to garnish)
Let’s get cooking
- Preheat our oven to 190 degrees Celsius, so that it’s nice and warm for when we need it
- Season beef chunks thoroughly with some salt and pepper.
- Sprinkle beef with flour, making sure that all sides are evenly coated. Brown the beef in the pot. Don’t worry about cooking the beef all the way through, because we’re going to cook it further on in the oven.
- Transfer the browned beef onto a plate and set aside.We’re just going to set this aside while we move onto our next step.
- Add the onions, garlic, potatoes and carrots to the pot and allow to cook.
- Now that our potatoes are cooked through we’re going to go ahead and add in our seasonings.
- Add in the beef broth, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme and Worcestershire sauce.
- Bring to a simmer and add in the beef chunks. Give it some time to simmer.
- We’re going to pop this in our preheated oven for 2-2 ½ hours.
And once your beef is nice and tender with a good thick gravy you can add that to whatever starch or side you want. It tastes really delicious with rice or pap.
Let us know what you had your beef stew with. ENJOY