I've been wanting to try this recipe since last winter at some point. I'd been searching for beef stew recipes that I felt would be flavorful enough to counteract Hubby's dislike for your standard-issue beef stew and I think I've got it pretty well ironed-out!
Beef Stew with Ranch Mashed Potatoes
Slightly Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Estimated Point Value: 8 pts
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp light butter, (Land O'Lakes Light Butter is my favorite)
1 lb stew beef
1 small red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 oz tomato paste
2 cups beef stock
Worcestershire, to taste
1/4 tsp sugar
1 cup carrots, diced
8 oz mushrooms, small whole or quartered medium sized
~2 lbs red potatoes
5 tsp Ranch Seasoning
1 Tbsp light butter
2 Tbsp light cream cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large dutch oven heat the olive oil and first tablespoon of butter over medium high heat.
- Brown the stew beef and season with salt and pepper.
- Remove the beef from the pan and saute onion and garlic until soft in the deliciousness that the beef leaves behind.
- Stir in tomato paste, then add in beef stock, sugar, and a few dashes of Worcestershire, to taste.
- Add the beef back into the pot, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 2 hours.
- Add in carrots and mushrooms, stirring to combine. Simmer for a half hour, covered.
- While the carrots and mushrooms are simmering, prepare mashed potatoes. In a large pot cover potatoes with water and bring to a boil then cook for ~20 minutes or until done.
- Drain potatoes and add in butter, cream cheese, and Ranch seasoning (I realize making your own Ranch seasoning is way better for you, but I have yet to find a seasoning combination that I think tastes as good as the classic Hidden Valley variety...it's my cooking fatal flaw, we eat so much ranch I know I should find a healthier alternative...suggestions welcomed.)
- Mash using extra beef broth for liquid if necessary (yes milk is more delicious, but...broth has zero points and we're in diet mode people!)
- Serve one serving of the beef stew over one serving of the mashed potatoes in a shallow bowl.
Also this is totally one of my 30-by-30 items so I'm counting it as a double-win!