I had 3 lbs of beef so adjusted the recipe accordingly and baked in a 9x13 roaster. No instant tapioca so stirred in cornstarch/water near the end, used Better than Boullion rather than granules. I don't think the sugar was necessary, I did need to add more water as the stew baked, more tomatoes would have been a good idea. I've never baked a stew before, it's great if you can't be bothered babysitting it on the stove, so thanks for this recipe Diane. I have since tried a few of my own versions, my favorite so far: sauteed the veg first, didn't brown the meat (to my surprise,I couldn't tell the difference), more tomatoes, combo of ale and water for the liquid, seasoned w/thyme, bay leaves, steak seasoning, uncovered the stew for the last half hour.
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I had 3 lbs of beef so adjusted the recipe accordingly and baked in a 9x13 roaster. No instant...