Artichoke Beef Stew

Yesterday was one of those DREARY days…..cold, raining, windy and frankly a day to stay inside if you didn’t have anything “pressing” to do.  Sometimes I’m really thankful for those days; it doesn’t make me feel guilty for spending a day at home just “chilling”.  I woke up actually excited about the weather because I knew I wanted to cook a big pot of hearty stew, & hurried to the grocery store to get what I needed.

Beef Stew with ArtichokesA lot of times I’ll just “play it by ear” when grocery shopping.  That’s what I did this time, and it turned out to be a winner.  I’ve gotten to where I really like artichokes, and am trying to use them more.  So I got my bags of groceries, loaded them into my car with the rain blowing SIDEWAYS and headed ‘er home.

I started with putting some all purpose flour, Old Bay Seasoning, and pepper into a gallon plastic baggie.  I shook it up to get everything mixed,  added the beef stew meat, and shook again to coat the beef well.

Beef in Bag with Flour and Old Bay Seasoning Meanwhile, I had a big skillet  with olive oil heating up.  I placed the beef in the skillet and cooked it about 5 minutes until seared and browned.

Seared Beef for StewThen I transferred the beef to a big stock pot and set it aside.  Using the same skillet that I just seared the beef in, I added a little butter and caramelized some red onions….then I added baby button mushrooms….then the artichokes….and finally some petite baby carrots.  By that time I could have bit the air in the kitchen!  :-)

Vegetables for Beef StewNext, I transferred the vegetable mixture to the stock pot with the beef, added some beef broth, water, red potatoes, red wine, garlic and fresh chopped parsley.  The stew simmered for about an hour to cook the potatoes and let all the flavors mingle.  It was some kind of good.

There’s nothing like eating a homemade bowl of stew looking out at the cold rain ~ gives me “warm fuzzies”!  :-)  Here’s the printable version of this beef stew with red wine and artichokes…..save it to your recipe box for a rainy day!

Artichoke Beef Stew
 
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Cook time
 
Serves: Approximately 10 servings
Ingredients
  • 2.5 pounds beef stew meat
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 12 ounce bag petite baby carrots
  • 8 ounces baby button mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped or sliced red onion
  • (1) 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped
  • 1.5 cups beef broth
  • 1 pound red potatoes, cut into bite size pieces
  • ⅔ cup red wine
  • ½ cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • water
Instructions
  1. Put flour, Old Bay seasoning, & pepper (to taste) in gallon size baggie; shake well to mix.
  2. Place stew beef pieces in bag & shake well to coat.
  3. Heat olive oil in large skillet with high sides over medium high heat.
  4. Cook beef approximately 5 minutes, or until brown and seared, stirring often.
  5. Transfer beef to large stock pot & set aside.
  6. Using the same skillet that the beef was just seared in, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat.
  7. Place onions in skillet and saute until caramelized; then add mushrooms, artichokes, and carrots.
  8. Saute vegetables approximately 5-7 minutes, stirring often.
  9. Transfer vegetable mixture to stock pot with the beef.
  10. Add the red potatoes, beef broth, wine, parsley, garlic, and additional pepper if desired.
  11. Add just enough water to cover.
  12. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, reduce heat to low, cover & simmer for 1 hour.

Comments

  1. Al Godley says

    Love this recipe. Artichokes…take them or leave them but the great thing is this recipe is not all about them. So much to love here! I was wondering if you deglazed the pan after all the cooking or did the veggies naturally deglaze it? The fond in the bottom often has some of the best flavors!

    • The Blond Cook says

      The veggies did it ~ I’m assuming the water/moisture in the mushrooms helped ~ I just scraped out what tiny bit there was left and cooked it all up in the big pot!

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