There is a certain scene in countless holiday movies. It is in a home perfectly decorated for the season. The table is set meticulously with fine china, seasonal linens, and mouth-watering food. People dressed in designer fashion are gathered around it looking polished and perfect. It is a scene of pure elegance that involves a whole lot of stress to make it happen in reality. However holiday entertaining does not have to be difficult, stressful, or in a perfect scene. It could be an easy, casual meal where the star of the show is cider beef stew. Simple and comforting is a hit every time.
A few relaxing moments can make someone’s day. This is easily done by inviting them to a hearty homemade meal. You can make cider beef stew a day or so ahead and then all you have to do is re-heat it on the stove. Serve it with cornbread and perhaps spiced or spiked cider. All you have to do is use holiday bowls and plates to add a festive touch.
Beef is always a part of my holiday meals. I think it makes the meals extra special. The great thing is it doesn’t have to be an expensive cut either. Inexpensive stew beef becomes so tender and flavorful after simmering for hours. For this stew, beef is simmered in apple cider, beef broth, and a load of vegetables including onion, celery, carrots, and potatoes. There’s even an apple in it too.
Do you prefer formal or casual meals? I prefer casual for the majority of the time and yet I have to go all out for certain special occasions. No matter the scene or the time of day, beef can be a part of your gathering. Scroll down to see a list beef recipes for appetizers, breakfast or brunch, main dish, or potluck-style. My fellow Sunday Supper contributors are sharing ones for easy entertaining during the holidays and throughout the year. Also check out the Beef – Let’s Celebrate Pinterest board for more beef recipes and inspiration.
Cider Beef Stew
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 pounds beef stew meat
- 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
- 2 onions sliced
- 1 celery rib sliced
- 2 1/2 cups apple cider
- 1 cup beef broth
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 4 carrots peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 3 medium-sized russet potatoes peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 Granny Smith apple peeled, cored, and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch optional
Combine flour, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle over beef and toss to coat.
Heat oil in a large (7-quart) Dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat.
Working in batches, add the beef to the pot and brown on all sides. Do not brown the beef all at once. Transfer browned beef to a plate.
Reduce heat to medium and add onions and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions have softened, about 5 minutes.
Add browned beef, cider, broth, and vinegar. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 1 hour.
Add carrots and stir to combine. Cover and cook for 1 hour.
Add potatoes, apple, and thyme. Stir to combine. Cover and cook until potatoes are tender, about 30 to 45 minutes.
Taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper.
For a thicker stew, dissolve cornstarch in 2 tablespoons cold water and stir in, a little at time, until desired consistency is reached, during the final 10 minutes of cooking.
Cider Beef Stew is a rich, thick, and hearty comforting meal. It's slow-simmered beef with apple cider, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, and apple.
Recipe adapted from one in the Better Homes and Gardens All-Time Favorite Beef Recipes cookbook published in 1977.
Are you ready for holiday entertaining? Take a look at these recipes with beef and see how easy it is to cook a special meal for your family and friends.
- Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon by MealDiva
- Chipotle Beef Taco Bites by Feed Me, Seymour
- Mini Beef Wellingtons by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Pepper Steak in Wonton Cups by Flavor Mosaic
- Philly Cheesesteak Dip by Life Tastes Good
Brunch or Breakfast for a Crowd
- Beef Sausage, Egg and Cheese Roll Ups by Daily Dish Recipes
- Beef Tenderloin Benedict by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Chicken Fried Steak by kimchi MOM
- Potato Pancakes with Filet Mignon and Fried Eggs by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Steak and Egg Breakfast Braid by Curious Cuisiniere
- Awesome Avocado Steak Tacos by Cooking Chat
- Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Sauce by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cider Beef Stew by Magnolia Days
- Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup by Shockingly Delicious
- Steak & Mushroom Pie by The Messy Baker
- Beef and Bean Enchilada Bake by The Foodie Army Wife
- Braised Beef Ravioli by Family Foodie
- Mom’s Lasagna by Alida’s Kitchen
- Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs by Casa de Crews
- Skillet Steak Fajitas by Crazy Foodie Stunts
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff. All opinions are my own.