Beef Stew for a Winter Day

I don’t know about you, but when it’s cold outside, I want soup. So Beef Stew on a Winter day is quite fitting.

My mom makes amazing beef stew. She uses leftover pot roast – and let the world know that she makes the BEST pot roast! She doesn’t use a recipe, but it’s delicious every time.

Last Friday, as I was contemplating what to feed the family, a recipe from the new Taste of Home returned to my mind. Beef Stew and Vegetable Stew? Bay leaves? Perfect. Of course I didn’t follow the recipe perfectly, but close enough to say that it’s a good recipe.

By the way, have you ever noticed that bay leaf recipes command you to remove the bay leaves before serving? It’s a command I always disobey; what’s the fun with taking them out? And besides, at our house, whoever gets the bay leaf gets a kiss from the cook.

On to the recipe. You must make it because it’s delish.

I’ll give you half-my version, half-Taste of Home’s version.

Beef Stew for a Winter Day

1 small onion, chopped

2 celery ribs, chopped

2 T. oil

1 large or 2 small potatoes, cubed

1 can (14-1/2 oz.) beef broth

1 can (11-1/2 oz.) can V8 juice or 1 (14 oz.) can tomato juice plus a little lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and some herbs

1 large carrot, scrubbed and sliced

2-3 bay leaves

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. dried basil

1/2 tsp. dried parsley

1 lb. chuck or arm roast, cooked and chopped

1/2 cup frozen peas

1/2 cup frozen corn

1 T. cornstarch

1/4-1/2 cup beef or chicken broth or water

In a large saucepan, saute the onion and celery in oil until crisp tender. Add potatoes, beef broth, V8 juice, carrot, and herbs. Continue to cook on medium-high until potatoes and carrots are almost tender. Add roast, peas, and corn. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and chicken broth until smooth; add to stew. Cook over medium-low heat until thickened and bubbly. Serve with love and cheer. Yield: 5-6 servings.

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5

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