Happy New Year! Happy New You! Happy New Stew!

A new day in a new year and a new stew recipe… what more can you want to start off a great new year?

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2012!

With all new years comes great resolutions.  Resolutions that get us all to try to be better people, work for better things, or promise to go the gym more this year.  This year, we have a few resolutions up our sleeves.  One stands out to share and that’s the resolution to want to cook more delicious meals at home and find great recipes to share.

Beef + Jamie Oliver + Good Beer = Delicious Stew!

We love stew!  I love how the meat breaks down and becomes so tender.  I love the aroma that fills the house.  I love the fact I can whip out the dutch oven.  Nothing warms the soul the same on a cold day, then a really well made stew (and maybe our chilli… and just like the chilli, this stew is AMAZING REHEATED!  Crazy?  I know!).

Making stew sounds simple, right?  Just throw in some tough cuts of meat, tomato sauce, carrots, celery… and boom!  Awesome and delicious stew, right?  Possibly for some, but a bit of a failed attempt for us.

Maybe my grandmother had the magic touch of just throwing things together to make a delicious beef and potato stew.  Maybe one of my best friends secret addition of V8 tomato juice added the missing ingredient to a great beef stew.  One thing is for sure, stews become less intimidating when you have a basic recipe to start from and we have one man to thank for that.  Jamie Oliver.

Oh Jamie Oliver!  I love your goal to change the way people eat and to become more aware of what goes into food.  I love your lovely lisp.  Furthermore, I love your Jamie’s Food Revolution cookbook (thanks big sis and bro for the gift!).  It’s basic.  It’s not intimidating.  And it’s definitely inspired us to cook more.  It pretty much does all the wonderful things a cookbook should.

Thus far, my favorite recipe is the basic stew recipe.  He offers some variations in the cookbook, but we’re focusing on the deliciousness that is a really great beef stew.

Basic Beef Stew


Serves 4-6  (*photographed double the servings)

  • 3 fresh or dried bay leaves
  • 1 pound diced stewing beef
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 carrots
  • half a small box of mushrooms (*altered from the orig. recipe)
  • olive oil
  • 1 TBL all purpose flour
  • 1 14oz can of diced tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups brown ale, Guinness or stout (*We used one of our favorite stouty beers for this recipe and I recommend you do the same!  Something strong and good!)

1.  Rough chop the celery, onions, and carrots.

2.  Put the dutch oven on medium heat with some olive oil.

3.  Put all the vegetables and the bay leaves into the pan.

4. Add the meat and flour.

5.  Pour in the booze and canned tomatoes.

6.  Mix it up and season with some salt and pepper.  (Be light handed with the salt!)

7. Bring to a boil and put the lid on.  Simmer slowly for about 3 hours. Remove the lid for the final half hour of simmering and add a splash of water if it looks dry.

8.  Before serving, remove any bay leaves and add salt and pepper to taste.

Play with the recipe.  Add some potatoes or any other goodies that might make it more wonderful for you.  Prep some rice or have it on it’s own and get ready for some delicious eats.  Enjoy!


8 thoughts on “Happy New Year! Happy New You! Happy New Stew!

    • Yes, it was a great find at BevMo- strong, tasty, and stouty! Quite perfect for drinking and if you can spare a bottle or two for a great stew! If you’re working with a lot of meat, I would actually mix the flour in separately and then dump the meat in. Overall, we didn’t find clumping to be an issue.

  1. no joke guys I just tried to wing a stew last night for the second time with can of diced tomatoes, beef, veggies because it seems like it’d be so intuitive but but alas something didn’t end up turning out right. this looks delish. will try next time 🙂

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