How to make it

  • Lightly oil a skillet. Over med. high heat, bring the oil to a shimmer and add the beef. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and a pinch of garlic powder. Stir until the beef is seared on both sides. Remove from heat.
  • Add the beef to a large pot or slow cooker. Add beef broth, soy sauce, bay leaf and celery seeds, and bring to simmer. (turn to high in a slow cooker)
  • In the same skillet over med heat, add in onions and garlic--add a little more oil if needed, salt and pepper if desired, and cook for 1-3 minutes until the garlic is fragrant. Add it to the beef mixture.
  • In the same skillet, turn to high--again adding more oil if needed-add the peppers and lightly sear. Turn the heat down to med. once the peppers get a little charred, add the tomato paste and stir around for 30 sec-1 minute to caramelize, and add a good splash of balsamic vinegar to de-glaze the pan (or red wine if preferred) and reduce for 1 minute. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little background heat (This adds the warmth, but is not spicy at all)
  • Stir the pepper mixture into the beef stew and add the potatoes, carrots and the fresh thyme sprigs. Put a lid on and gently simmer for approx. 1.5-2 hours. (Or 3-4 hours in the slow cooker.) Stirring occasionally.
  • In the last half hour of cooking (or 1 hour in the slow cooker) stir the flour with cold water (or leftover stock) and whisk into the stew until fully incorporated.
  • When the stew is ready, pull out the bay leaf and thyme sprigs, and check for seasonings. Remove from heat and stir in the frozen peas, and serve.
  • Makes 4-BIG portions or 6 regular ;).

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    " It was excellent "
    eastcoaster ate it and said...
    Lovely stew, very good on a cool day.I made dumplings to go with it. More in MIM
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    " It was excellent "
    mommyluvs2cook ate it and said...
    Delicious stew! Very bold flavor and the balsamic really gives it a mellow sweet flavor that I've never had in a beef stew before :) More in the IMI II Group in Eastcoaster's review -----------> Heartwarming Beef Stew
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