This is just what its name implies...the absolute best beef stew ever. It is wonderful in the colder weather and really warms you up. I got the basic recipe from an old Amish cookbook and tweeked it a bit. My family loves it with home baked bread, so I always make Amish White Bread, recipe #26526 to go along with it.
- add 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
- add 1 dash cloves
- add 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- add 1 tablespoon sugar
- add 1 dash allspice
- add 6 potatoes
- add 2 tablespoons shortening
- add 2-3 lbs boneless beef cubes
- add 1 large onion
- add 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- add 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- add 1/2 cup cold water
- add 6 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks or 1 lb peeled baby carrots
- add 1 tablespoon salt
- add 1/4 cup flour
- add 4 cups boiling water
- Melt shortening over high heat in a large pot or dutch oven.
- Add beef cubes and brown over medium heat, stirring occasionally, about 15-20 minutes.
- Add onions, boiling water, salt, lemon juice, sugar, worcestershire sauce, pepper, paprika, allspice and cloves.
- Simmer, tightly covered, for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Add vegetables and simmer another 30 minutes (covered), or until tender.
- Note: if your lid is not tight on the pot, you may not have enough liquid left to just about cover everything after you add the veggies.
- If this is the case, add more water to barely cover ingredients.
- Mix cold water and flour together and blend until smooth.
- Push meat and veggies to the side of the pot and add flour mixture slowly, incorporating into liquid.
- When gravy thickens, stir all ingredients gently to distribute gravy evenly.
- Simmer another 5 or 10 minutes and enjoy!