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Beef Stew Recipe


2 pounds stew beef
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cups water
1 1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 or 2 bay leaves (2 is better)
1 medium onion, sliced
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
Dash ground allspice
Dash ground cloves
Pinch Rosemary
Pinch Thyme
3 large carrots, sliced
3 ribs celery, chopped
2 Tbsp. cornstarch

1. Brown meat in hot oil.
2. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, allspice, rosemary, and thyme.
3. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves and garlic clove.
4. Add carrots and celery. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer.
5. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, stir 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until it bubbles.

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