Beef stew is a favorite meal when the weather turns cool. This sweet and tangy version is a nice change from the original.
Beef stew meat is a bit pricey, so in order to make this meal a little more frugal I check for markdowns throughout the year. If I find a good deal, I bring it home and put it right in the freezer. I also never buy a whole pound of meat. Instead, I make a smaller amount stretch by cutting the meat into bite-sized pieces.
Apple Cider Beef Stew
Makes: about 4 servings
1 lb. beef stew meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 tbs. flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt, divided
black pepper, to taste
1 tbs. oil
1 tsp. thyme
2 tbs. tomato paste
3 cups apple cider
1 onion, chopped
3 potatoes, cubed
3 carrots, sliced
1. Combine the beef stew meat with the flour, 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper in a bowl; toss to coat evenly.
2. Heat oil in a pot, add meat and brown on all sides. Add apple cider and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until meat is tender, about 1 hour.
3. Add onion, potatoes, carrots, thyme, tomato paste and 1 tsp. salt. Simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.