On a cold winter day nothing is more comforting than a warm beef stew. Fall and winter were always my favorite seasons. Whenever it would snow my mom would cook up a veritable feast. Homemade bread, and some kind of delectable hearty stew. It would all be served hot around the crackling fireplace (one of my favorite childhood memories).
Whenever it is cold outside, especially this time of year; I too share this love of cooking lots of yummy and comforting food. There are certain meals that whenever I taste them bring me back to childhood. This is one of those. Fresh snow, warm fireplace, family and friends close by. Hope you enjoy this heartwarming and hearty stew.
- 2-3 cups meat - pre-cooked - leftover is best
- Leftover gravy (Whatever you have left, if there is none thats ok too)
- 1 can beef broth
- 1 can vegetable broth
- 3 medium sized potatoes - cut up in chunks
- 2 cups carrots
- 3 stalks celery
- 2 cups green peppers
- 2 onions
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 garlic cloves
- salt and pepper to taste
- *optional - 1 cup frozen or fresh green beans
This is a great recipe to use with leftovers. Save the drippings, the extra gravy, the vegetables that were cooked with the meat, and any leftover meat.
This can be done in the crockpot or on the stove in a nice big pot.
Combine all of the ingredients in the pot. Cut all of the vegetables into 1 inch pieces before putting them into the pot. It is best if they are similar in size so that they will cook through at the same time.
Simmer on low in the crock pot all day or until all of the veggies are tender. If cooking on the stove simmer for a few hours on low or until the veggies are tender.
If it is not to desired thickness, take about 1 cup of broth out of pot. In a small bowl combine 2 1/2 tbsp of cornstarch with the broth, wisk until smooth. Pour back into stew and boil on medium until the stew thickens. This shouldn't take very long.
Serve hot with some homemade bread and butter.
*Remove the bay leaves before serving.