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Croix Valley's Best Beef Stew

Beef stew is a hearty, comfort food that has been enjoyed by people all over the world for centuries. It's a simple dish that consists of chunks of beef, vegetables, and a flavorful broth or sauce, and it can be cooked on the stovetop, in a slow cooker, or in a Dutch oven.

The origins of beef stew can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where people cooked chunks of meat and vegetables in pots over open fires. In fact, one of the earliest known recipes for beef stew comes from a Roman cookbook called "Apicius," which was written in the 1st century AD. This recipe called for beef, wine, and a variety of vegetables, such as leeks, onions, and carrots, to be cooked together in a pot.

Over the centuries, beef stew has evolved and taken on many different forms, depending on the region and culture. In Europe, beef stew is a popular dish that has been enjoyed for centuries. In the UK, a traditional beef stew is called "beef olives," and it consists of thin slices of beef wrapped around a filling of vegetables and herbs, and then braised in a flavorful broth.

In the United States, beef stew has also been a popular dish for a long time. During the colonial period, beef stew was a common dish that was cooked in large pots over open fires. In the 19th century, beef stew became a popular dish on the American frontier, as it was a cheap and easy way to feed a large group of people.

beef stew with rice

Today, beef stew is enjoyed all over the world, and it's a popular comfort food that's often associated with cold winter days (especially in Wisconsin). There are many different variations of beef stew, and people often add their own twist to the recipe by using different types of vegetables, herbs, and spices. Consider our recipe a solid base to work and experiment with as you see fit.

So next time you enjoy a warm bowl of beef stew, take a moment to appreciate the rich history of this tasty and comforting dish. Whether it's a classic version with just a few simple ingredients, or a more complex recipe with a variety of flavors and spices, beef stew is a dish that has stood the test of time and will continue to be enjoyed by people all over the world for many more centuries to come.

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