Baseball, Fall, and Granny J’s Beef Stew

It’s fall y’all
and you know what that means…
Soups, chowders, and stews!
Oh MY!

Guys, this is my season.
I’m certain of it.

I mean…
I’m a winter born baby,
but autumn.
It’s just in my veins.

There’s something about this season
that just makes my heart sing.

The leaves changing,
the brisk chill in the air,
the earth begins its slow collapse into winter
and everything starts to just feel cozy.

But honestly,
It’s the food…
Fall food just makes me happy.

I’m all about soup,
Give me chowders,
and
stews
All day long!

Let me snuggle up with a good book,
by a fire, some chai tea, along with a bowl of something delicious,
and that’s my idea of heaven on earth.

This Sunday, after a long day…

Heaven happened.

I was able to go to church,
then Mr. Foodie and I had to divide & conquer
(which has to happen from time to time as a family of 6)

The Athlete and I
headed off to baseball practice
and man…

the-athlete-and-i

Can you tell he loves selfies? LOL

It was cold.

So, I did what my Granny would have done.
I made beef stew.
the-best-beef-stew

It was easy.
It was so delicious,
hearty, and just what one needed on
a cold fall evening by the fire.

One bite, tasted like Granny’s
and for a moment, I was home.
So, without further ado…
From my home to yours…

Granny J’s Beef Stew

Ingredients

2lbs Stew Beef
32oz beef broth
1lb small white potatoes
(diced evenly for thorough cooking)
1 white onion  & 1 yellow onion (chopped)
1 package of baby carrots
5 cloves garlic (minced)
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbsp EVOO
Salt/Pepper (to taste)

Directions

Step 1.
First I have to tell you something.
To have the makings of a great beef stew, it all starts with the meat.
Legit.

You have to season your meat.
Y’all, I’m being for real.

This is what Granny told me,
so it has to be true.

Here is where we deviate a bit…

It’s here, where I want you to get creative,
use your favorite steak seasoning,
and then brown your meat.

Don’t cook it through, but brown each side and set to the side.
You can either brown it in the pan you use for the stew
(I used a Dutch oven)
or in a separate pan,
I like less dishes, I used one pan.
La ti da.

Step 2.
Sauté the onions and garlic
for a couple of minutes, just until you start to smell them.

Step 3.
Pour in the broth, add your potatoes, carrots, Worcestershire, and balsamic.
It’s here you also add the meat back in.

Set your pot to medium heat for about 1 ½ – 2 hours.

Salt and pepper to taste,

Add peas and celery if you want,
My Granny didn’t, so I don’t. LOL.
I garnished with chives from my garden.

Guten Appetite!

Until Next Taste,
Lori

31 thoughts on “Baseball, Fall, and Granny J’s Beef Stew

  1. Fall is one of my favorite seasons, the color changes and the temperature winding down is perfect for snuggling inside with soup! This stew recipe looks delicious too and would definitely be a hit in my house!

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  2. I love your writing style! Even though I don’t eat meat, I must admit that this recipe looks amazing. I know that my family would love it. – HilLesha

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  3. This looks like a great recipe that my Mom makes. It’s such a warm and comforting Winter food. I need to get some beef at the market and make this again.

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  4. Theres nothing better than an amazing pot of beef stew on a fall evening. I have played around with alot of different versions of pot stew and I find myself loving so many different ones! I will definitely be trying your recipe, thanks for sharing 🙂

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  5. This post and recipe is everything fall season means to me! It’s soups and sweaters and lots of comfort food! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. My mom used to make a very similar stew as the weather would get colder. It is funny how food can bring back memories. Enjoy fall! It is a lovely time, isn’t it!

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  7. I have so many memories growing up having beef stew! I can’t wait to try out your recipe. I tried making it when I first got married and wow. It was bad! Ha. Hopefully your recipe can help!

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  8. That stew looks amazing! I’m glad you and your family got to enjoy it on a cold day. I’ve got to find more time for homecooked meals

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  9. I love the Fall too! It’s an awesome season and there are just so much good food, I would have to agree. The food feels so much more comforting during the Fall. I think this is a lovely recipe, reminds you of home and your childhood as well.

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