I haven't made - or had - Hearty Beef Stew in a very long time... probably 7 years or so. I kind of wrecked myself for it, and nothing's seemed good enough, since.
You see, I've always loved stew. My grandmother's homemade stuff, the stew they'd sell at the Irish Pavilion at Folklorama every year.. hell, I'd even snarf the Puritan brand canned stuff. (Shh! I KNOW!)
Then, I moved out east and got into game meats. I discovered that I make *the best* moose stew, and life was good. So, SOOO good.
Eventually, I moved to Minnesota and found no way to get my hands on moose meat. One of these days, I WILL find a moose hunter to bribe... but I digress. Beef stew can never live up to that moose stew, so I just ... haven't had stew.
That ended this weekend, when I finally gave in and decided to make a beef stew. Ah... I missed this.
This is NOT high cuisine, it's not in any way gourmet... just a good, solid, basic stew - probably pretty similar to what my grandmother used to make. It's a bit lighter on the Brussels sprouts than I like, as a compromise for my husband. (He's not as insane about them as I am.) This is hearty, root-y, thick and wonderful comfort food. Yum!
PS: This makes a TON of stew. It freezes well, but I like to basically live off it for a week 🙂 Feel free to cut the recipe in half, though!
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