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Beef Stew in Half the Time ! Served with Rice

Beef Stew in Half the Time!  Served with Rice ~ is a delicious hearty meal!  An easy recipe for beef stew, made in half the time and served over a bed of rice is the perfect meal during the fall and winter months.  So filling and satisfying, it’s comfort food at its best!

Tender chunks of beef are quickly browned on stove-top, then simmered with red wine, beef broth, carrots, celery and fingerling potatoes.  Served over a bed of rice, makes this a perfect one-dish meal.

When it comes to beef stew, everyone has a family favorite, and our favorite is Mom’s recipe. Easy and delicious, no need to spend hours, and it’s a wonderful dish to make for dinner on any chilly night.

We sometimes make this on a lazy Sunday, and double the recipe so we can reheat it during the weeknight.

The savory gravy is so fabulous, we love it best when we serve it over a bed of rice or mashed potatoes, but here we served it over rice.  Either one is perfect to serve with this beef stew because both the rice and mashed potatoes soak  up  the gravy, making this meal even MORE delicious!

When you make this beef stew, not only will it make the entire house smell like HEAVEN , it will bring everyone to the table without having to call them.

Here’s a Tip: When you shop for beef chunks, we recommend buying good quality beef chuck. It makes a huge difference how tender the meat will cook. Mom always makes her stews on stove-top and this one takes about an hour.  However, if you prefer to use a crock pot or a slow cooker, this recipe will definitely work with one.


Beef Stew in Half the Time!

Beef Stew in Half the Time!  Served with Rice!

  • 1+ 1/2 pound beef chuck (for stew) cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 onion- peeled, chopped
  • 3 carrots – peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks – coarsely chopped
  • 1 to 2 pounds fingerling potatoes – rinsed
  • 4 cups all-natural Beef Stock
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley-chopped
  • 2 cups long grain rice

In a large soup pot, heat olive oil and butter.
Open your package of beef chunks and cut each piece of meat into halves. They usually come in large pieces and cutting all the pieces in halves will cut the cooking time in half as well.  Then lightly season the meat with some salt and pepper.  Set aside.

In a small dish, place the flour.
Dip each piece of meat into the flour and coat all sides. Dust off excess flour.


Drop each piece of meat into the pot with melted butter and oil.  Raise the heat to medium heat and cook the meat to brown all sides, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Pour in the red wine and simmer on low heat for 2 minutes, allowing the wine to reduce a little.
Then add all the vegetables, seasonings, herbs and beef stock.  Raise the heat to medium-high.

Bring to a low boil, then lower the heat to low, and simmer for about 45 minutes, uncovered.
Taste the gravy and season with salt and pepper to taste.  If you desire, you may add 1 or 2 teaspoons of cornstarch or flour to thicken the gravy.
Turn off the heat.  Fish and remove the sprig of rosemary and discard.   Cover until ready to serve.

Meantime, in a medium size pot, cook the rice, following the directions to the package.

When rice is fully cooked or steamed, spoon some rice into serving dishes or pasta bowls.
Create a well in the center of the rice and fill the center with a heaping scoop of beef stew and gravy.
Serve immediately.

Directions to cooking Rice

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. butter

In a medium size pot, bring 4 cups of water to boil.  Add rice, salt and butter. Cover.
Lower heat and simmer on lowest heat for 20 minutes.
Stir rice before serving.

Serves 6

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  • Reply
    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    November 21, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I'm pinning this one to try after Thanksgiving, Ladies! It looks so warm and comforting for a chilly winter night. I love your recipes 🙂

    • Reply
      November 22, 2016 at 4:27 am

      Thank you for pinning and for your kind words!

  • Reply
    Tricia Buice
    November 22, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Half the time sounds pretty great to me! It looks and sounds wonderful too. Thanks so much! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Reply
      November 22, 2016 at 4:31 am

      Thank you Tricia! We hope To post one more before Thanksgiving.

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