In her latest YouTube video, renowned chef Brenda Gantt takes us on a culinary journey with her mouthwatering Beef Stew recipe. With her signature southern charm, Brenda shares her secret techniques for achieving a rich and flavorful stew. From tender beef chunks to hearty vegetables, this recipe is a comforting delight. Join Brenda Gantt in her kitchen and prepare to tantalize your taste buds!
Beef stew is a hearty and comforting dish that warms the soul. This recipe combines tender beef, flavorful vegetables, and a savory broth for a satisfying meal. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a delicious beef stew.
2 pounds of beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 celery stalks, sliced
2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup of frozen peas
4 cups of beef broth
1 cup of red wine (optional)
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
Season the beef cubes with salt and pepper. Brown the beef in the hot oil until all sides are nicely seared. This will enhance the flavor of the stew. Remove the beef from the pot and set it aside.
In the same pot, add the diced onions and minced garlic. Sauté until the onions become translucent and the garlic becomes fragrant.
Add the carrots, celery, and potatoes to the pot. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes to slightly soften the vegetables.
Return the beef to the pot and pour in the beef broth. If using, add the red wine for extra depth of flavor.
Stir in the tomato paste, bay leaf, and dried thyme. These ingredients will give the stew a robust taste.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the beef is tender.
During the last 15 minutes of cooking, add the frozen peas to the pot. This will add a pop of color and freshness to the stew.
Taste the stew and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper according to your preference.
Once the beef is tender and the vegetables are cooked through, remove the bay leaf and discard it.
Serve the beef stew hot in bowls. You can garnish it with fresh herbs like parsley or thyme, if desired.
Enjoy the comforting flavors of this homemade beef stew! It pairs well with crusty bread or creamy mashed potatoes. This recipe will surely become a family favorite, perfect for chilly nights or when you simply crave a hearty meal.