This is a traditional German Stew served for Halloween. Its hearty flavors go perfect with the chilly nights of the harvest festival. Serve the stew in bowls with a quartered beet egg on top. Beet eggs are hard-cooked eggs prepared in a vinegar and beet juice mixture to add a sweet flavor and purple color to the eggs.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic and onion, and cook until softened and translucent; remove from pan. Pour 2 tablespoons canola oil into Dutch oven. While this heats, mix the beef with salt and pepper. Sear the beef in batches until browned all over, about 5 minutes.

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  • Stir in caraway seeds and flour, cook until flour is incorporated and the caraway seed is fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour in beef broth; add bay leaves, sugar, nutmeg, and onion mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the meat is tender, about 2 hours.

  • Stir in the potatoes and carrots; continue cooking until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Stir together the cornstarch and water; stir into the stew along with the parsley. Simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

379.5 calories; 21.5 g protein; 22.8 g carbohydrates; 63.3 mg cholesterol; 726.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2010
Simple and delicious stew recipe. At first I wasn't sure about all the caraway but it takes on a mellower flavor after simmering all day. I cooked my stew in the crockpot. I browned the beef and cooked the onions as per the recipe and dumped it into the crock. I ommited 2 cups of the broth and cooked it on high the first two hours then kicked it to low and let it go all day and it came out fabulous. Lovely autumn dinner! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2010
Simple and delicious stew recipe. At first I wasn't sure about all the caraway but it takes on a mellower flavor after simmering all day. I cooked my stew in the crockpot. I browned the beef and cooked the onions as per the recipe and dumped it into the crock. I ommited 2 cups of the broth and cooked it on high the first two hours then kicked it to low and let it go all day and it came out fabulous. Lovely autumn dinner! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2010
Simple and delicious stew recipe. At first I wasn't sure about all the caraway but it takes on a mellower flavor after simmering all day. I cooked my stew in the crockpot. I browned the beef and cooked the onions as per the recipe and dumped it into the crock. I ommited 2 cups of the broth and cooked it on high the first two hours then kicked it to low and let it go all day and it came out fabulous. Lovely autumn dinner! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2009
Easy and absolute comfort! Consider not adding salt to the meat browning step if you use a packaged broth instead of homemade. Adjust the salt to taste at the end. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
SO delish!!!! Substituted the parsley for cilantro. Otherwise followed the recipe exactly & YUM! Our 4 year old even ate it up! Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2010
I wasn't sure how the ingredients would work together but this turned out to be delicious squared. Don't skimp or substitute on the spices that are called for as they make all the difference. I added in a sweet potato because I didn't have enough regular potato and I only used as much broth as was necessary to cover the ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2011
I halved the recipe for my husband and me and we loved it. It reminds me of my Austrian grandmother's cooking. This will go into my permanent files. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2011
Delicious!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/26/2015
For wheat/corn allergy: I used potato starch as my thickener. Works perfectly. I also added some tamari sauce to deepen the flavor of the broth. (Mushroom umami might also work for the soy allergic.) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2017
I made this and did not add the sugar it was very good! This dish tastes exactly like the food I grew up eating in a prodominantly German family. Great dish! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2015
Beautiful aroma:) what a great stew for the autumn weather such an earthy rich taste! Very much enjoyed it. Made a few tweaks to the recipe to incorporate some pumpkin chunks also was fantastic! Read More