The coldest days we have had are coming up this week. Lows will be in the upper 20s this week and that is chilly for Central Louisiana. And it is perfect weather for comfort foods – like Ellie’s Hearty Beef Stew.

It is chock full of beef, potatoes, carrots, peas and flavor. I did make a few changes. I used venison instead of beef and left out the rutabaga. Not a fan.

¼ c all-purpose flour
¼ tsp paprika
1 lb lean stew beef (round or chuck shoulder) venison, cut into cubes
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 med onion, chopped
1 sm rutabaga or turnip (10 oz), peeled and cubed
1 lg carrot, chopped
1 lg russet potato (12 oz), cubed
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 1/2 c dry red wine
21/2 c reduced-sodium beef broth
1 pkg (10 oz) frozen green peas

Mix flour, paprika, and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Coat meat well.

In a large pot (or Instapot) heat 2 Tbsp of the oil in large over medium-high heat. Brown meat.

Add onion and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden but not browned, about 10 minutes. Add carrot, and potato and cook until vegetables begin to soften.

Add tomato paste and cook 1 minute longer. Add wine, and boil for 3 minutes. Add broth and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer covered until meat is tender, about 90 minutes. Add peas and cook 5 minutes longer

The original recipe can be found in Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix (pg 136) or here.

Ellie’s stew is filling, flavorful, and comforting on a cold night. You should try it!

See what Kayte, Peggy, and Gaye had in their kitchens this Thursday.