This is a great stew recipe as is, but I made some modifications, and its now a staple at our house. I don't dredge the beef in flour before browning, and I omitted the bay leaf and barley (my hubby isn't a fan of either in his stew). My hubby snuck in the kitchen and spiked it with half a packet of beef stew seasoning once -- I was horrified at first! -- but it gave it some oomph. Also, I added some (about a Tbs, maybe?) worchestershire sauce and a dash of crushed red pepper for some zing. At the very end of cooking (the last 3-5 minutes), I stir in about a cup of frozen peas. In my opinion, it makes the stew. But even without all the modifying, I have to say, its a great recipe as-is!
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This is a great stew recipe as is, but I made some modifications, and its now a staple at our...