There’s nothing better than a comforting beef stew to warm you through on cold days – this one is a family recipe that freezes well, if you have any leftovers. We like to serve it with a classic baking powder biscuit fresh from the oven!
Beef Stew (Serves 4)
salt & pepper
Dice onions while heating the oil on medium-high heat in your favourite stew pot. Put about 1 cup of flour with some salt & pepper in a bowl; toss beef pieces in flour, shaking off excess, and brown beef with onions in the pot. (You may need a little water on hand to help scrape up the accumulating bits of brown goodness on the bottom of the pot.) When beef is browned, add the 3 cups water, set to simmer for about 1 hour. Dice carrots and potatoes and add to the pot, cook until they soften. Throw in a handful of peas about 10 minutes before you want to eat. Taste the stew now and add salt & pepper as desired. If you want a thicker stew, mix 2 tbsp of flour in 3/4 cup of water and stir into the stew when it’s hot & bubbling; simmer for about five more minutes. Enjoy!
Bonus Recipe: Baking Powder Biscuits (Makes about 1 dozen)
These little beauties come together in no time and the neutral dough will easily take on any flavours you want to add (if you add sharp cheddar and salt the tops, they taste quite a bit like the famous ones from certain chain restaurants that shall remain nameles here).
Preheat your oven to 450 F.
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
2/3 to 3/4 cups milk
Mix dry ingredients. Cut in shortening with two knives or pastry cutter until pieces are the size of peas. (If adding cheese or anything else to the dough, add it now.) Add milk, starting with 2/3 of a cup, and then get in there and mix with your hands, adding more milk if the dough won’t quite come together, or a bit more flour if it’s sticking to the bowl.
Turn out on floured board or counter and roll or press to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use a cup or round cutter to cut round biscuit shapes (if one gets stuck in the cutter, just tap on your hand gently to release). Re-roll scraps and make more! Arrange biscuits on a baking sheet, top with cheese or salt as desired; bake for about 5 minutes or just until the bottoms are browning and tops begin to show golden speckles. Serve with butter!