Very Best Ever Beef Stew #1 Most Popular Recipe

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When the weather is chilly, there's hardly anything better than a nice, hearty stew to warm you up. Stews are filled with vegetables and nutrients making this the perfect recipe for a healthy meal. If you're looking for easy dinner ideas, this is the best beef stew recipe from Crystal of Mrs Happy Homemaker. She says that this is the #1 most popular recipe on her blog and probably in her own home too. Stew recipes have been around since ancient times. It has been said that people used to put the animal meat into the paunch of the animal with water to boil everything up together. They would make a fire with the bones of the animal which would burn really well. Amazonian tribes would turtle shells as the pots to boil up the meat and vegetables in to create a kind of stew or soup. There are also many different stew recipes, though beef stew has become one of the more popular recipes. There are recipes for lamb stew and even fish stew. Irish stew is also a very popular recipe which was first written about in Byron's "The Devil's Drive" in 1814.

Typically, a stew is made by simmering vegetables and meats on a very low temperature which allows all of the flavours to meld and enhance. It also creates the perfectly tender meat and vegetables too. The vegetables most often used in a stew would be carrots, potatoes, peas, and onions, but others can be added depending on each person's preference. Instead of a broth, the base of a stew is almost like a gravy, nice and thick with a lot of flavours. Crystal uses a beef demi-glace in this recipe that you can find online if you can't find it at the store. Apparently, it adds a lot of good flavour to the stew that the broth just doesn't. If you can't find the demi-glace, you can also use the Better than Bouillon in beef. Also, Crystal cooks her stew in the crock pot which is a great idea. You basically coat the meat in some flour and seasoning salt and then sear it in a pan before you put it into the crock pot. You also cook up the onions in the skillet. You'll cook this stew all day long which will create such an amazing and appetizing scent in your home. You could be working all day long and come home to this delicious stew that can feed your entire family. Pick up some fresh dinner rolls at your local bakery, and you're all set. This stew recipe serves 6 to 8 people, but you could always double it if need be, leftovers are always great.

Crystal's stew includes 2 pounds of beef stew meat, always try and find organic, pasture raised meat whenever possible and try to buy from local, small farmers to ensure the best quality of meat. You'll also use onion, bay leaves, red skinned potatoes, carrots, and a bit of celery. If you're ever going to add peas to your stew, just make sure you do it later on in the time it's cooking so they don't get too soft and mushy. You can also use chicken instead of beef if you prefer, or, for a vegetarian option, just leave the meat out entirely. It's still just as good. So the next time you need to make a stew, try the best beef stew recipe around, and check out more easy dinner ideas from Mrs Happy Homemaker. She also shares some pretty epic dessert recipes on her website too.***

Nutrition Facts of the Best Ever Beef Stew from Mrs Happy Homemaker
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings * Per serving: Calories 500, Calories from Fat 130, Total Fat 14.4g 22%, Saturated Fat 4.3g 21%, Cholesterol 135mg 45%, Sodium 1582mg 66%, Potassium 1364mg 39%, Carbohydrates 39.5g 13%, Dietary Fiber 5.4g 22%. Sugars 6.9g, Protein 50.0g, Vitamin A 122%, Vitamin C 54%, Calcium 4%, Iron 168%

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