Friday, November 2, 2012

Apple Cider Beef Stew

I came up with this great recipe for Beef Stew last fall 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!

Apple Cider Beef Stew
  • 2 tablespoons 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?

Today I'm wearing the cute pink apron that I won from the lovely Connie of Living Beautifully.  I've got a whole list of things I want to bake today---hopefully I'll get some of them done! 


  1. Wow that stew looks good! Going to have to try it.

  2. Hi Sarah, Thanks for hosting. Your stew looks yummy. I love the idea of using apple cider.This week I am sharing a great recipe which would be a great dessert for a holiday meal.
    Visiting from DearCreatives.com
    come by & link up your recipe if you like! Have a great weekend!

  3. Yum! This stew looks and sounds delcious! I am visiting from Pink Saturday - so glad to have come across your blog. I am now following :)


  4. It sounds yummy! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

  5. That stew looks delicous, Sarah. Thanks for the recipe...Christine

  6. I love the addition of the apple cider! I will give it a try.

    Susan and Bentley

  7. I love stews and soups. This time of year makes you hungry for homey comforting foods. Thx for sharing



  8. I am planning to make this soon, Thanks for the idea of using Apple cider!


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