Easy Oven Stew

This hearty meal can be prepped in advance and served to weary friends and family as they make their way home for the holidays. This is comfort food at its best.

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 to 3 pounds raw stewing beef
1 package (10 ounces) baby carrots
2  large yellow onion, chopped
1 package Simply Organic French Onion Dip Mix
2 tablespoons instant tapioca
3 tablespoons Simply Organic Brown Gravy Mix
1/4 teaspoon Simply Organic Black Pepper
6 cups gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 bunch celery, chopped on bias
1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes
3 cups seasoned tomato juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat olive oil in a nonstick pan and sear beef over medium-high heat, approximately 1 to 2 minutes per side.

Combine baby carrots, onion, Dip Mix, tapioca, gravy mix, pepper, potatoes, celery, tomatoes, and juice in a large bowl, mixing thoroughly. Add browned beef to vegetable mixture.

Place in a roasting pan, cover and bake for 3 hours without peeking.

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 3 hr

Servings: 4 quarts or 16 cups

Recipe By: Muriel Davidson, Saskatoon, SK

From: Runner-Up Winner, Organic Gardening/Simply Organic Home for the Holidays Recipe Contest (2010)

Chef Suggestions
Serve with cornbread and honey.

Pair with Applesauce Sorbet to complement the savory stew flavor.