The long weekend is the perfect opportunity to settle in with a satisfying recipe you might not have time for during the week -- like this savory beef stew.
This go-to version is from the queen of comfort food herself, Paula Deen. The meat stews for a couple hours with carrots, celery, and savory spices. Try it over oven-roasted potatoes and you won't be disappointed.
Beef Stew from Food Network
Heat oil in large skillet. Brown meat. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours.
Remove bay leaves and garlic clove. Add carrots and celery. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer.
To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.
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