The Grandma Guide to Beef Stew
One of the most common staple foods across the world, the beef stew, has made its way into so many homes that we knew from the beginning we had to have it in our dish rotation. Here is our quick guide on the most delicious goulash or beef stew that our Chef Flo learned from a Hungarian grandma.
The 3-second Takeaway
Double deglaze! First with white vinegar and then with red wine.
- 3 pounds of chuck roast (or any lean cut from the front shoulder or the rear end)
- 3 pounds of yellow onions
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 4 bay leaves
- 6 oz of tomato paste (the small can)
- 2 tablespoons of paprika powder (the Hungarian flavor!)
- 1 tablespoon of caraway seeds
- 1 tablespoon of oil
- Half a cup of red wine (not a fancy one)
- Half a cup of white vinegar
- Enough salt and pepper to your liking (but don't go crazy)
- Cut out as much of the fat from the beef as you can. Doesn't have to be perfect since this will all cook and render. Then, cut into 1-inch cubes.
- Peel and dice the onions (1/4 cubes).
- Mince the garlic cloves.
- Put oil in a big pot on high heat. After a minute, throw in the onions and let them caramelize. Add in the caraway seeds and the bay leaves.
- Lower the heat to medium and leave it roasting for a few minutes (but make sure the mix doesn't burn!)
- Add the tomato paste and paprika powder. Stir firmly (at least it always makes us feel like we are really cooking).
- Once everything is nicely roasted, deglaze the entire pot with the white vinegar. Leave the heat to medium to low heat until it dries. Then, deglaze it again with red wine, and leave it until it dries again!
- Turn on the heat on high and add a cup or two of water (depends on how thick you want it to be). Once you notice it boiling add the meat.
- Leave it medium to low heat until the meat is tender (slow and steady is your friend here if you want the meat to break apart with just a fork).
- Stir occasionally, add salt, pepper to your liking (if you have some herbs in your pantry like thyme, rosemary, feel free to add some!).
- Now for the most important step! Serve a generous portion to each person in your household, and enjoy a delicious homey meal together.