In this delectable article, we’re diving into the world of comfort food with the Best Ever Beef Stew recipe. This hearty dish is the epitome of warmth and flavor, perfect for those chilly evenings or whenever you’re in need of some culinary comfort. Our step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of creating this mouthwatering masterpiece.
Let’s kick things off with the star players – the ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to whip up the Best Ever Beef Stew:
Now that we have our ingredients lined up, let’s get cooking!
Start by placing the beef stew meat in a resealable plastic bag. Add the all-purpose flour and seasoning salt to the bag, then shake it until the meat is evenly coated.
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the floured stew meat to the pan and brown it on all sides. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove the meat and place it at the bottom of a slow cooker. Season with black pepper.
In the same skillet where you browned the meat, sauté the diced onion for 2 minutes. Don’t worry about cleaning the skillet in between; those browned bits are added flavor! Transfer the onions into the slow cooker with the meat.
Now, pour in the Worcestershire sauce, water, and beef demi-glace (or Swanson Flavor Boost) into the skillet. Whisk until everything is mixed, making sure to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Turn off the heat and set it aside.
Add the diced red-skinned potatoes, sliced carrots, celery, and bay leaves to the slow cooker with the meat and onions.
Pour the broth/Worcestershire mixture from the skillet into the crockpot as well.
Cover the slow cooker and set it to cook on low for 8 hours.
Before serving, make sure to remove the bay leaves.