Thursday, October 27, 2011

Easy Beef Stew for Fall and Homemaking Link-Up!

I came up with this great recipe for Beef Stew last night and it was a huge hit at the taste-testing table!  I served it with my Autumn Spiced Cornbread and there was barely enough leftover for Daddy's lunch!

Easy Beef Stew for Fall


  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup sliced diced celery
  • 10 cups beef broth*
  • 2 carrots, sliced into rounds
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups apple juice**
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. each of nutmeg and cloves
  • 1 can corn
  • 1/2 c. cornstarch
  • salt and pepper
*A less expensive way to do your broth is to buy bullion cubes and dissolve them in water.  A jar of cubes is likely the same price as a couple cans of broth---yet 1 1/2 cube gives you the same amount of broth as a can.  You will get significantly more broth out of the cubes than the can for the same price.

**I used leftover apple cider from Bible study the night before.  If you use spiced cider, you can eliminate adding the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the beef in the oil.
Add onion and celery and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes longer.  Transfer to a large saucepan or stock pot. 

Add beef broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Add the carrots, potatoes, apple juice, and 3 spices; simmer for about 30 to 40 minute longer, or until vegetables are tender. Add corn; continue cooking 5-10 minutes.

In a small bowl or cup, combine cornstarch with 1 c. cold water until smooth. Add the mixture to the simmering broth, a little at a time, until stew is thickened. Taste and add salt and pepper.

Serves 8 to 10

I hope you all enjoy this recipe!  Please come back and let me know if you tried it and how you liked it.  I'd love to hear other variations.  Did you add autumn vegetables like squash, zucchini or pumpkin?  How did you like it with the apple cider/juice?

Also linking up with Beverly's Pink Saturday and Petite Hermine's Sunday Linky Party.

New Linking Party Starts Today!  Please link up your Homemaking post and grab my button for your blog.  I will visit everyone who links up and pick a few to feature each week!



  1. THis looks like a delicious recipe. I lope to make it one day.

  2. Sounds yummy! :) My senior mom loves to collect soup recipes so I'll have to share this with her. Thank you for a delightful autumn visit and fall recipe for Pink Saturday.

  3. Your recipe is making my mouth water...I know where to come for more. I have joined your followers list and invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Hugs, Gayle

  4. Sarah,
    I just got home from work and saw your very kind comment on my Christmas blog! You are so sweet.
    I would love to link up to your party as long as you are sure my posts will be okay. Mine are mainly decor posts and not about cooking or anything else. Email me and let me know ...


  5. A perfect autumn/winter dish, we live on casseroles such as these during the cold weather.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  6. I love making soup in the colder months. Your recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe. And, thanks for inviting me to join your link-up. Have a great weekend!

  7. Yummy and so good on a cold wintry day! We already had snow earlier this week so I am in the cold mode! Hee Hee!
    Blessings to you today Sarah!
    Please pray for our son Nick and his team mates. They are competing in the state cross country championship at 1 P.M. today (MST). I hope they run strong and the Lord lifts their feet like wings on angels!
    Tahnk you for sharing today

  8. Hi Sarah, Your Beef Stew sounds and looks delicious. One of my favorite meals after the first chill in the air. Thanks for hosting your party and thanks for inviting me to the party. Hope your have a great weekend and Happy Pink to you too.

    The French Hutch

  9. Sarah,
    Thank you so much for suggesting I join the linky party, the more hear Karen's story the better. This soup looks yummy, were having some cool temps here and this would be so good.

  10. Oh, what a surprise!, Today I have eaten something very similar. That rich food ...

  11. That looks so good! What a perfect autumn meal!

  12. Hi Sarah,
    Your soup looks amazing!!! I'll bet it's just delicious! Happy Pink Saturday to you and your whole family.

  13. Good Morning Sarah Sweetie...
    What a yummy share today. I love this recipe, and I too would need a recipe this large. The grands would love it. Easy and quick, and would fill the tummies. I can't wait to taste the apple cider addition. A new flavor and sounds SO good.

    Now where did I put my corn bread recipe? Love cornbread with stew. Even being so hot here in the valley of the sun, we too, love stew for dinner. It helps us get into the Fall season.

    Hope you are doing well sweet friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  14. Thank you for inviting me Sarah!
    You know I am already following you!
    I've linked up!!
    I've also added your button to my blog!!

  15. Ummm, this really looks good. I just made a big pot of homemade soup for our weekend. I do love soups.

    So sorry I didn't know about your party...I would have posted something HOMEMAKING for it. Hope to catch you another time, tho.
    xo bj

  16. Sarah,
    Thanks so much for your very kind words!!
    I have your button displayed on both my blogs and on each current post from each blog. I will add after the name that it is a new party!!

    Is this going to be a weekly party?
    Just had to tell you that everything is now covered with snow!!


  17. HI Sarah~
    I have been looking for a good beef stew recipe. Now, I will be trying yours!

  18. Your stew sounds really good, Sarah. I would love a big helping of the cornbread; love it! Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.

    Blessings and hugs,

  19. Hi Sarah,

    Wow, this looks great!!! Even though I am vegetarian, my boys love to eat meat - so I love finding new recipes or classic recipes with a different twist!!! :) Thank you so much for sharing, and thank you also for dropping by my page as well! :) Take care and Happy Pinks Saturday to you too!!! :)


  20. Hi Sarah,
    That recipe looks wonderful! Thanks for your nice comments on my blogs and for the link up invitation. Best wishes to you,

  21. Doesn't soup taste so wonderful in the Fall. New follower from Pink Saturday. Entered your linked party. Thank you for the invite.
    Blessings, Audrey

  22. Nice to meet you and thanks for visiting! Yep...cool up here as well In Sequim, WA. Your recipe is perfect for a cool fall day. Happy PS!

  23. Hi Sarah! How nice to meet you! I'd love to join your weekend link up party!

    What a delicious recipe ~ one I'll be sure to try as our weather is finally starting to get a bit nippy!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  24. Forgot to mention that I also added your adorable linky button to my sidebar and I'm also your newest follower! Hope you'll follow me, too!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  25. That looks like a yummy recipe. My husband made a beef barley soup last night that was to die for! That is one of his specialties and this one was his best yet. I love men that cook! : ) I love soups and stews for fall and winter! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I always love comments! : )Happy Belated Pink Sat!

  26. Happy Pink Saturday Sarah. How is that new baby doing? It's that time of year for soup isn't it? We had home made chicken noodle and what I call my "refrigerator soup" last week. Today it's an old fashioned pot roast. It's cold and blustery and a perfect day for it. Your stew sounds so intriguing with the addition of cider. Will have to try it for sure. Happy Halloween. :)

  27. What a great recipe for cold days sweetie, thanks for sharing it. Wow, you have 8 kids and your're my daughter's age who's got 2 kids I'm crazy about. Thank you for your lovely visit and the party invite, I just joined it and will in the future, I love parties! Have a good Sunday and blessings.

  28. Thanks for inviting me to your linky party, Sarah. Your soup looks good, perfect for a cold day like today...Christine

  29. What a perfect dish for a cold day like today!!

  30. Must be a yum recipe. Will bookmark it for future experimentation ;-)

    See yah!


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