Yesterday we were in the midst of a big storm. Rain, wind and some tornadoes….couldn’t be a better day to make a batch of comforting Beef Stew. Boy does this stuff make the house smell wonderful. I’m now calling this my Tornado Beef Stew.
- 1 pound beef stewing meat (or you can cut any beef boneless chuck or round roast into 1-inch cubes)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 TB bacon grease (or you can use vegetable oil, but the bacon grease adds so much wonderful flavoring)
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 TB Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 cup bourbon sauce (see my recipe)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp white pepper
- 2 large potatoes, cut in large cubes
- 2 carrots, cut into about 1-inch pieces
- 2 stalks celery, cut into about 1-inch pieces
- 1 onion, cubed
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 2 TB flour
Dry the meat pieces very well by smashing them between paper towels. In a bowl combine the 1/2 c flour, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and black pepper. Dredge the beef pieces in this mixture until well coated. Heat a dutch oven over medium heat, then add the bacon grease to melt. Place the beef into the hot grease and cook until they are browned on all sides. Once the meat is completely brown add the chicken broth, Worcestershire Sauce, bourbon sauce, salt and white pepper. Using a whisk, scrap the bottom of the pot to deglaze it and release all that wonderful flavoring. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and continue to simmer for about 2 1/2 hours, until the beef is tender.
When the beef is tender add the potatoes, carrots, celery, onion and garlic. Raise the heat to medium and bring back to a boil, lower the heat once again to low, cover and simmer another hour or so until the vegetables are tender.
Mix the cold water and the 2 TB flour. I shake these 2 ingredients together in a jar. Bring the stew back to a boil, gradually stir this flour mixture in the stew. Stir constantly until you have reached the thickness you desire. Lower the heat until ready to serve.