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Beef Stew
Makes 6 servings
*2 tbls. vegetable oil
*1 1/2 - 2 lbs. beef round stew meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
*salt and pepper
*1 cup onion-flavored beef stock
*1 cup water
*1 tsp. garlic salt
*2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
*4 carrots, peeled and sliced with a diagonal cut
*4 celery stalks, sliced with a diagonal cut
*1 medium onion, halved and then chopped in thick wedges
*2 tbls. flour
*3 tbls. hot water
1Heat oil in dutch oven. Add beef, season generously with salt and pepper and sear meat over high heat, stirring often, until browned.
2Add beef stock and water and 1 tsp. garlic salt. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
3Add potatoes, carrots, celery and onion. Cover and cook about 30 minutes more until vegetables are tender.
4Separately, mix flour with 3 tbls. hot water, whisking constantly to make a paste.
5Add flour paste to bubbling stew. Continue stirring until stew thickens into gravy.