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Old-Time Southern Beef Stew Recipe

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This hearty, southern beef stew recipe is perfect for gathering your whole family ’round the table.
This hearty, southern beef stew recipe is perfect for gathering your whole family ’round the table.

Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours

Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs stew beef
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove peeled garlic
  • 1 or 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium sliced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 dash or ground cloves allspice
  • 3 large sliced carrots
  • 4 quartered red potatoes
  • 3 ribs chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

Brown meat in hot oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves and garlic clove. Add carrots, potatoes, and celery. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.

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