Cubed stew beef combines with apples and apple cider to create a simple and sweet meal for the whole family to enjoy! Serve with a hearty, crusty bread.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine flour, salt, pepper, and thyme in a bowl. Toss beef cubes in the flour mixture.

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  • Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown beef cubes on all sides. Combine browned meat, apple cider, water, and cider vinegar in the pot and bring it to a boil. Add bay leaf; reduce heat to low. Simmer, partially covered, for 1 hour.

  • Stir in carrots, potatoes, onions, celery, and apple and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 1 hour more.

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Nutrition Facts

525.9 calories; 29.9 g protein; 51.5 g carbohydrates; 81.3 mg cholesterol; 891.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2014
Yum! I'm making it for the second time in two weeks due to popular demand. The entire family loved it and it is good enough to make for company too (even your in-laws!) I followed the recipe exactly the first time and there wasn't much to change. I did need to double the flour mixture (I ran out the first time) and to save time I put the flour mixture into a sealed container added a few pieces of beef at a time and gave it a good shake. This was a lot faster than rolling pieces individually in the flour like I did the first time. Make sure you brown the meat in batches don't crowd the cubes in the pan or it will steam rather than get the nice crispy brown crust you want. It will spatter quite a bit so use a splatter screen if you have one. I was worried about browning the meat too much as I thought it might overcook. Do not worry! The meat is soooo tender when the stew is done that there is absolutely no need to worry about overcooking it during browning. After you add the cider vinegar and water wait a few minutes before adding the meat back to the pan. Let the liquids start to get hot and loosen the yummy brown bits on the bottom of the pan. The recipe didn't specify whether or not to peel the apple. I didn't and the only thing that happened is that there were some pieces of well-cooked apple peel in the stew. Tasty maybe good fiber so whether or not to peel the apple is up to you. All in all a great recipe! Enjoy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/07/2020
I made it following the recipe. Imo, all the lower ratings that said it was too sweet and suggested modifying in some ways were spot on. Of course taste is subjective, but this was not right. Read More
56 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2014
Yum! I'm making it for the second time in two weeks due to popular demand. The entire family loved it and it is good enough to make for company too (even your in-laws!) I followed the recipe exactly the first time and there wasn't much to change. I did need to double the flour mixture (I ran out the first time) and to save time I put the flour mixture into a sealed container added a few pieces of beef at a time and gave it a good shake. This was a lot faster than rolling pieces individually in the flour like I did the first time. Make sure you brown the meat in batches don't crowd the cubes in the pan or it will steam rather than get the nice crispy brown crust you want. It will spatter quite a bit so use a splatter screen if you have one. I was worried about browning the meat too much as I thought it might overcook. Do not worry! The meat is soooo tender when the stew is done that there is absolutely no need to worry about overcooking it during browning. After you add the cider vinegar and water wait a few minutes before adding the meat back to the pan. Let the liquids start to get hot and loosen the yummy brown bits on the bottom of the pan. The recipe didn't specify whether or not to peel the apple. I didn't and the only thing that happened is that there were some pieces of well-cooked apple peel in the stew. Tasty maybe good fiber so whether or not to peel the apple is up to you. All in all a great recipe! Enjoy! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2014
Yum! I'm making it for the second time in two weeks due to popular demand. The entire family loved it and it is good enough to make for company too (even your in-laws!) I followed the recipe exactly the first time and there wasn't much to change. I did need to double the flour mixture (I ran out the first time) and to save time I put the flour mixture into a sealed container added a few pieces of beef at a time and gave it a good shake. This was a lot faster than rolling pieces individually in the flour like I did the first time. Make sure you brown the meat in batches don't crowd the cubes in the pan or it will steam rather than get the nice crispy brown crust you want. It will spatter quite a bit so use a splatter screen if you have one. I was worried about browning the meat too much as I thought it might overcook. Do not worry! The meat is soooo tender when the stew is done that there is absolutely no need to worry about overcooking it during browning. After you add the cider vinegar and water wait a few minutes before adding the meat back to the pan. Let the liquids start to get hot and loosen the yummy brown bits on the bottom of the pan. The recipe didn't specify whether or not to peel the apple. I didn't and the only thing that happened is that there were some pieces of well-cooked apple peel in the stew. Tasty maybe good fiber so whether or not to peel the apple is up to you. All in all a great recipe! Enjoy! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2012
This may well be the best stew I have ever made and the leftovers get even better when reheated. The cider and apple give it a mellow sweetness. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2013
Zing! We loved the flavors of this delish stew. I have an abundance of apples and cider from a recent trip to a pick-your-own orchard. I also just bought a whole beef tenderloin for a dinner party. The butcher trimmed the end and packaged separately for stew. I made the recipe as written and well it's just about the best stew we've ever tasted. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2014
Absolutely delicious. We followed the instructions to the letter apart from adding some celery leaves before the simmering got started. The broth is so good!!! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2013
This was AMAZING! My husband doubted this after seeing the cider vinegar and apples. But followed the directions to a T and it was a hit with the whole family! Sweet bit of spice and very hearty. Definitely adding to our list of regulars! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2013
My family loved this. My old Beef Stew recipe called for a soup mix which we can't use any more as two family members are now gluten intolerant. (I dusted the beef cubes in Tapioca flour before browning. It thickened up very nicely.) This recipe is a great substitute with a mellow flavor and was loved by the preschoolers too. I cooked this six hours on low in the crock pot and used apple juice as I didn't have cider on hand. The only thing I would do differently is to add a little salt. We're not salt fanatics but everyone commented that it lacked some salt. Can't wait for the leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2014
Everyone in the family loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2015
Delicious! This is a repeat in our house. I use unsweetened apple juice when I don't have cider. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2014
Absolutely delicious even though I forgot to add the apple! This has been added to my personal cookbook! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/07/2020
I made it following the recipe. Imo, all the lower ratings that said it was too sweet and suggested modifying in some ways were spot on. Of course taste is subjective, but this was not right. Read More