Recipe Test #2

Beef Stew

Salty Pete
This is our nine year old's #1 favourite
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours


  • 2 lbs Stew Beef
  • 6 Onions or Shallots More if you like
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Parsnip
  • 2 Potatoes
  • 5 Cloves Garlic More if you like
  • Flour All purpose or whatever
  • 1 cup Red Wine Cabernet Sauvingon or Merlot or whatever
  • 4 cups Beef Broth
  • 1/2 cup Barley
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Peas
  • Optional umami & weirdsies ingredients like worcestershire sauce, miso, herbes de provence, oregano, etc
  • Butter
  • Salt



  • Take the stew beef out of the fridge so it can come up to room temperature. Open of the package and encourage it to dry a little if it's wet. Slice the stew beef into beef stew sized cubes. About 1cm.
    2 lbs Stew Beef
  • Slice the onions
  • You'll also want to slice the carrots, parsnip, potatoes, and dice/mince the garlic, but do that once the onions start carmelizing.

Carmelizing the onions

  • Put a big skillet, frying pan, dutch oven, pot, or whatever on the stove. Turn it up to high-ish, like 8/10. Throw a dab of butter in there, about 1Tbsp. Once the pan's hot and the butter melts, put the onion in. Let it sizzle at high-ish for about a minute then reduce the heat to low.
  • Sprinkle some salt on it and stir.
  • Carmelize for 30 – 45+ minutes on low. In the last few minutes, slice and add the carrots, parsnip, and potatoes, then garlic.

Flouring the Beef (optional)

  • Get a big steel bowl and put in a bunch of flour and a little salt, maybe some pepper. You can add a little garlic or onion powder if you like those things.
  • Toss in the beef and coat thoroughly.


  • Brown the optionally floured beef in a big pot, put a little butter and oil in the bottom. Do multiple loads if you need room. Toss and stir, trying not to let the flour burn.
  • Once all the beef is browned, put it all in the pot, pour in the wine, and scrape off the bottom.
  • Pour in the beef broth and the carmelized onions, the veggies, and the barley. Let stew for a few hours. About 20min before you eat, add the peas.
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