Just Stew It

Slow-simmered beef stew with rosemary dumplings

What’s for Dinner?

Just Stew It

Slow-simmered beef stew with rosemary dumplings

–Janet and Greta Podleski, Eat, Shrink and Be Merry

This meal is stewpendous! Now, don’t be scared off by a lot of ingredients – it’s simple to make. Honest! You can do it! Just put your mind to it. C’mon, just stew it!


2 lbs stewing beef, cut into 1 ½-inch cubes
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tsp olive oil, divided
1 ½ cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp Herbs de Provence
2 cups beef broth
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp granulated sugar
½ tsp each salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chopped carrots
½ cup light sour cream
2 tbsp each cornstarch and chopped fresh parsley
½ cup frozen green peas
1 ½ cups Bisquick baking mix
1/3 cup 1% milk
½ tsp dried rosemary, or 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley


Trim beef of fat and sprinkle with flour. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a large, non-stick pot over medium-high heat. Add half the beef cubes and cook until lightly browned. Remove from pot and set aside. Repeat process with remaining 1 tsp olive oil and beef cubes.

Return all beef cubes to pot. Add onions, celery and garlic. Cook and stir until onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in herbs. Cook 1 more minute. Add broth, vinegar, tomato paste, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add carrots and simmer 20 more minutes.

Combine sour cream, cornstarch and parsley in a small bowl. Add to stew along with green peas. Mix well. To make dumplings, combine baking mix with milk and rosemary I a medium bowl. Stir with a fork until smooth. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls over hot stew. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Simmer 20 minutes without lifting lid. Dumplings should be puffed up and dry to touch. Serve hot.

Janet and Greta are sisters, TV hosts and bestselling authors who believe that “dieting is only wishful shrinking!” Their first cookbook, Looneyspoons, sold more than 850,000 copies (outselling even Harry Potter) and spent 85 weeks on Canada’s bestseller list and eight months in the number-one spot.

Eat, Shrink and Bet Merry is full of great recipes, cartoons and helpful, healthful tips. For more information, visit their Web site.

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