This beef stew is thick with a deliciously flavored broth and lots of meat and veggies. If you plan ahead, it can be cooked in the crockpot after the meat and veggies are browned in pan. If you need to avoid gluten, wheat or soy, substitute a flour that is safe for you and make sure to use Better Than Bouillon organic beef base.
Put flour, salt & pepper in large Ziploc bag. Heat oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Place meat in bag with the flour mixture and shake until well coated.
Shake off meat pieces and add them to the oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly browned.
Add onion to the remaining flour in the bag. Add onion, carrot and celery to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, to slightly cook the vegetables, about 5 minutes. Add parsley, thyme, water and Better than Bouillon organic beef base.
Cover and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes or so.
Add diced potatoes, carrots and onions. Cook for another 45 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender.
Thick, hearty and flavorful. You can substitute other kinds of seafood and make it into a seafood chowder if you prefer. I added shrimp and lobster in place of some of the clams in the 2 photos of the chowder in the pan.
Using at least a 4 qt. saucepan, add onion, fennel, carrots, parsley, butter and bacon to pan. (The photo is of a 4 quart pan with this recipe.) Cover pan and cook on medium heat until veggies are cooked down, for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, boil potatoes in a separate covered pan for about 10 minutes or until slightly tender. When potatoes are tender, drain and set aside.
Add cayenne pepper, white pepper, black pepper, salt and chicken base to the veggie mixture. Add heavy whipping cream, and milk, and allow to come to a boil.
Drain clams and reserve 3/4 cup clam juice. Set clams aside. Combine reserved clam juice and cornstarch. Add to veggie mixture once it comes to a boil. Stir and cook over medium heat to thicken. Remove from heat and add clams and potatoes. Taste and add additional seasoning if needed. Serve.
In a saucepan, melt butter and add onion and celery. Cover and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, so it does not burn,
While that is cooking, dice the potatoes and begin boiling those in some water, about 2 cups, but no need to measure. When the potatoes begin boiling, turn the heat down and check occasionally to see if they are tender. When they are tender, drain and set aside.
When onions and celery are tender, combine cornstarch with 1 cup water. Add to pan with chicken base and milk. Stir so there are no lumps. Add salt, pepper and parsley as it cooks. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until it is thickened as desired. Add potatoes and stir in. Rewarm for a few minutes, if necessary, and serve.
Suggested garnishes are fresh parsley or cilantro, shredded cheese of your choice, bacon (cooked and crumbled) or croutons (be careful of the croutons if gluten free or wheat free).