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Perfect Winter Beef Stew
Perfect Winter Beef Stew

Perfect Winter Beef Stew

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Cook Minutes 2 Hr 15 Min
Prep : 15 Min Cook: 2 Hr
We'll show you how to use simple ingredients to make the perfect, classic beef stew. This recipe is foolproof and guaranteed to become a favourite winter staple.
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8 Servings
Original recipe yields 8 Servings
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3/4 cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
2 lb. (900 g) stewing beef, cut into 1-inch chunks
6 slices bacon, chopped
1 lb. (450 g) fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
6 carrots (1-1/2 lb./675 g), sliced
1-1/2 lb. (675 g) potatoes (about 5), peeled, cut into large chunks
1 can (19 fl oz/540 mL) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (10 fl oz/284 mL) 25%-less-sodium beef broth
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Step 1
Pour dressing over beef in resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Turn bag over several times to evenly coat beef with dressing. Refrigerate 30 min. to marinate.
Step 2
Meanwhile, cook bacon in Dutch oven or large deep skillet on medium heat 5 min. or until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from pan; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings.
Step 3
Add mushrooms and onions to Dutch oven; cook on medium-high heat 10 min. or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove meat from marinade; discard bag and marinade. Add to Dutch oven with bacon, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and broth; stir.
Step 4
Bring to boil, stirring constantly; cover. Simmer on low heat 1 hour 30 min. or until beef is done and sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally and uncovering after 1 hour 15 min.
Kraft Kitchen Tips!
Special Extra
For more flavour, add 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves to Dutch oven with the meat and vegetables.
How to Discard Bacon Drippings
Do not pour bacon drippings down the sink. Instead, carefully pour drippings into empty can. (Bacon drippings will be extremely hot.) Place can in refrigerator until drippings have solidified. Then, discard both the can and the drippings.
How to Prepare Stew in Slow Cooker
Marinate beef and cook bacon, onions and mushrooms as directed. Remove beef from marinade; discard marinade. Add beef, onions, mushrooms and remaining ingredients to slow cooker; cook 10 to 12 hours on LOW (or 5 to 6 hours on HIGH). Stir in 2 Tbsp. flour mixed with 2 Tbsp. water. Cook 15 min. or until sauce is thickened.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value
Total fat 17 g
26 %
Saturated fat 5 g
25 %
Cholesterol 85 mg
Sodium 710 mg
30 %
Total carbohydrate 31 g
10 %
Dietary fibre 4 g
16 %
Sugars 9 g
Protein 37 g
Vitamin A
80 %
Vitamin C
45 %
4 %
30 %
8 servings, 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) each
Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
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