Hearty Beef Stew
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. onion salt
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 lbs. beef chuck roast – cubed
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 lrg. onions – minced
2 med. stalks celery – sliced
6 lrg. potatoes – peeled, diced
6 med. carrots – sliced
1 Tbls. parsley flakes
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried basil
4 cups beef broth
1 Tbls. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbls. cornstarch mixed with 1 Tbls. cold water
2 cups frozen OR fresh peas
In a plastic zipper bag, shake together flour, garlic salt, onion salt, seasoned salt, and black pepper.
Shake meat cubes in mixture, a handful at a time, until well coated.
In a large pot, heat half the oil over medium-high heat.
Brown half the coated meat in hot oil, about 1 minute per side.
Remove the browned meat from the pan and repeat with remaining oil and meat; remove all meat from pot and set aside.
Sauté onions and celery in pot until soft, then remove from pot and set aside.
Drain excess oil/fat from pot.
Add potatoes, carrots, parsley, thyme, basil, beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce to pot and bring to a boil.
Add browned meat, onions, and celery to pot, reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Slowly stir peas and cornstarch/flour mixture into stew and simmer until thickened and peas are cooked.