Hearty Homestead Beef Stew {Gluten Free}

With winter winding down, I find myself craving warm, hearty comfort meals. It’s like I’m trying to get as many as I can in before spring arrives, y’all. I guess you could think of it as a sort of delayed hibernation.  Anyone else know the feeling?

When one of those days rolls around, there’s nothing better – to me – than breaking out my trusty Dutch Oven for a big pot of our Hearty Homestead Beef Stew.

Whether it’s a rainy weekend day or a busy week night, a big bowl of Karl’s Hearty Beef Stew spells out C-O-M-F-O-R-T for our family.  Karl keeps this stew nice & hearty by loading it up with chunks of grass fed beef from the homestead, an array of colorful winter root vegetables, & (his secret ingredient) a sprinkle of *cassava flour to thicken it right up while keeping it gluten free.

*If you’re curious, cassava flour is a grain-free and nut-free replacement for wheat flour that can be used as a 1:1 substitute.  It’s a whole food flour made from the entire root (minus the peel).  No need to sacrifice taste or texture with cassava flour, y’all.  This kitchen staple is always on hand in our freezer – Nut- Free, Grain-Free, Certified Gluten-Free, Certified Kosher, Non-GMO Project Certified. 

Why is our Dutch Oven the vessel of choice when cooking up a big batch of Karl’s famous Hearty Homestead Beef Stew?

Here’s why I turn to this blue beauty time after time:

Now that you know WHY I love my Dutch Oven so much, let me share with you a recipe that is welcome to hang around our homestead kitchen year round as far as we’re concerned…

Here’s how to make Karl’s Hearty Homestead Beef Stew:

Ingredients

1 1/2 – 2 lbs cubed grass fed beef (your choice on cut of beef – we like sirloin)

5-6 carrots, peeled & cubed

3 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled & cubed

3 medium purple potatoes, peeled & cubed

1 medium yellow onion, diced

1 quart bone broth (we use our homemade bone broth – RECIPE HERE)

2 Tbsp avocado oil (OR any other high heat cooking fat)

1 Tbsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp onion powder

1 Tbsp organic tomato paste

1 Tbsp cassava flour 

Sea Salt & Black Pepper to taste

2-3 Tbsp fresh, Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Season carrots, onions, & potatoes with salt, pepper, a drizzle with avocado oil.
  2. Roast carrots, onions, & potatoes on parchment lined baking sheet in 400 degree, preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
  3. While vegetables are roasting, heat oil in Dutch Oven over medium high heat & brown beef on all sides.
  4. Once all sides of beef have been seared off, reduce heat to medium & sprinkle in cassava flour. Stir until all beef is coated in flour.
  5. Stir in tomato paste, salt, pepper, onion powder, & garlic powder until well combined.
  6. Add bone broth & allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Once “gravy” has thickened & beef is tender, add in roasted vegetables.
  8. Top with chopped parsley & enjoy!!

Special notes: We always use the “season as you” technique.  That means season & taste each layer of yummy goodness as you build your stew.  Season the vegetables, beef, & before you serve it all up into the bowl! Don’t be afraid of salt – if you’re using good quality, high mineral sea salt like Celtic or Pink Himalayan, salt is your friend.  

Thanks to the Dutch Oven, I can make this stew ahead of time & store in fridge to reheat later.  This beef stew is perfect for leftovers the next day with a salad or a big slice of gluten free bread. 🙂

What are your winter comfort food go to recipes?  Do you have a Dutch Oven in your kitchen?  What are some of your favorite Dutch Oven recipes?

P.S. Did you miss Our Homestead {Weekly Reflection} post last week?  No worries – they will be back.  I decided to give my camera some down time last week aside from THIS POST featuring my mini trifle recipe.  We focused on spending extra time with Karl’s mom, also known as Nanny, who was down from Canada for a much needed visit.  I took a few pictures here & there, but let’s face it – sometimes life isn’t so much about those “picture perfect” moments as it is about simply enjoying yourself in the actual moment with the one’s you love. 🙂

Till next time…

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