Heat oven to 275° F
Flour dredge: ½ cup flour, ½ teaspoon pepper, ½ teaspoon paprika, Dash ground allspice
2 pounds beef chuck steak, cut in 1 inch cubes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion cut in chunks
4 cups beef broth
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 bay leaf
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 ½ cups carrots, chopped in bite size pieces
4 ribs celery, chopped in bite size pieces Cook’s Note: the leaves will add extra flavor
2 cups red, gold, or white potatoes, peeled or not as you prefer, chopped in bite-size pieces
1/8 teaspoon salt
Cauliflower – Add with (1 cup chopped and reduce potatoes to 1 cup) or substitute (2 cups) for potatoes
Parsnip – add with ( ½ cup peeled and chopped and reduce carrots to 1 cup) or substitute (1 ½) for carrots
Chopped Mushrooms – (1 cup) and sauté with onions
Green, Red, Orange or Yellow Peppers – (½ cup, sliced in ½ inch pieces) Add 10 minutes before serving.
Fresh Peas – 1 cup (boiled 2-3 minutes or steamed 1-2 minutes). Add hot, cooked peas just before serving.
Flavor additives – add only one
1 teaspoon horseradish
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
¼ cup tomato paste
Place flour, pepper, paprika, allspice or clove and beef in a bowl. Mix well.
Add beef a few pieces at a time and coat thoroughly to dredge.
Heat a large cast iron skillet or frying pan on stove. When hot, add oil. When oil shimmers, add meat.
Brown meat on all sides. Remove cooked meat to side bowl.
Scrape browned spiced flour off the bottom of the pan with a spatula and add to bowl.
Melt butter in frying pan. Add onions and sauté until translucent.
Add any remaining flour and cook, stirring constantly, until flour lightly browns.
Add Worcestershire sauce, garlic and bay leaves to pan. Stir.
Add broth slowly, stirring constantly to prevent lumping.
Add meat bowl contents to frying pan.
Cover and bake at 275° F for 1 ½ hours. The stew can be cooked on low on top of the stove if it is monitored and stirred frequently.
Remove bay leaves.
Add carrots, potato and celery.
Cover and bake 30 to 40 minutes.
Add salt. Stir.
Serve with sopping bread.