This is a excellent recipe for Beef Bourguignon/classic french beef stew! I made it yesterday, and it turned out wonderful! My family and I loved it! I love soups/stews any time of the year so I did not let the fact that it is “July” stop me from making this.. However, I did not want to heat up my house using the oven for a long period of time, so after I put it together I cooked it in my crock pot and it worked well! I am happy with the results even though I think the carrots and potatoes took a bit longer to get tender.. Next time if I make it in the crock pot I will add the carrots and potatoes sooner..
I’ve made this recipe at least five times over the past year, and shared it with friends. We all agree that it is the best beef stew recipe out there. I appreciate how well written the recipe is too. I love that you don’t miss any details, like what heat to brown the meat on. I know how to cook, but it really makes the recipe more approachable. I am making a batch for dinner right now.
2 pounds beef stew meat
½ cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon seasoning salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 large onion, diced
2 bay leaves
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
2 cups water
2 heaping teaspoons beef demi-glace (or beef Swanson Flavor Boost)
4 medium to large red skinned potatoes, washed & diced
3 large carrots, peeled & sliced
1 stalk celery, diced
STEPS To Make Beef Stew
Shake the beef stew meat in a resealable plastic bag with the flour & seasoning salt until evenly coated. Heat the olive oil in a skillet; add the floured stew meat to the pan & brown on all sides. Remove using a slotted spoon or tongs & place into the bottom of a slow cooker. Season with pepper.
Saute the diced onion in the same hot skillet for 2 minutes. Don’t worry about cleaning it out in between – that’s added flavor! Transfer the onions into the slow cooker as well. Pour the Worcestershire sauce, water, & beef demi glace (or Swanson Flavor Boost) into the skillet and whisk until mixed, making sure you scrape up any browned bits in the bottom of the pan. Turn off the heat & set aside.
Add the diced potatoes, carrots, celery, & bay leaves to the slowcooker. Now, pour the broth/Worcestershire mixture in the crockpot as well. Cover; cook on low for 8 hours. Remove the bay leaves before serving.