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Perfect Winter Beef Stew

Perfect Winter Beef Stew recipe
photo by:kraft
"Tasty" barely begins to describe this stew. With savory beef, rich bacon, veggies and hearty potatoes, "perfect" is a much closer word.
time
prep:
15 min
total:
2 hr 15 min
servings
total:
8 servings, 1-1/4 cups each
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What You Need

3/4
cup  KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
2
lb.  beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch chunks
6
slices  OSCAR MAYER Bacon, chopped
1/2
lb.  sliced fresh mushrooms
1
large  onion, chopped
6
 carrots (about 1 lb.), sliced
1-1/2
lb.  red potatoes (about 5), peeled, cut into large chunks
1
can  (14-1/2 oz.) stewed tomatoes, undrained
1
can  (14-1/2 oz.) beef broth

Make It

step 1
POUR dressing over stew meat in resealable plastic bag. Seal bag; turn to evenly coat meat with dressing. Refrigerate 30 min. to marinate.
step 2
COOK bacon in large saucepan on medium heat 5 min. or until crisp, stirring occasionally. Use slotted spoon to remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in pan; drain bacon on paper towels.
step 3
ADD mushrooms and onions to reserved drippings; cook on medium-high heat 10 min. or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove stew meat from marinade; add to saucepan with carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, broth and bacon. Discard bag and marinade.
step 4
BRING stew to boil, stirring occasionally; cover. Simmer on low heat 1-1/2 hours or until beef is done and stew is thickened, stirring occasionally and uncovering for the last 15 min.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Variation
Pour dressing over beef in shallow glass dish; stir to evenly coat meat with dressing. Refrigerate 30 min. to marinate. Drain, then continue as directed.
Substitute
Prepare using KRAFT Lite Italian Dressing.
How to Prepare Stew in Slow Cooker
Marinate beef, and cook bacon, onions and mushrooms as directed. Remove beef from marinade; discard marinade. Add beef, bacon, onions, mushrooms and remaining ingredients to slow cooker; cover with lid. Cook on LOW 10 to 12 hours (or on HIGH 5 to 6 hours ). Stir in 2 Tbsp. flour mixed with 2 Tbsp. water. Cook, covered, 15 min. or until sauce is thickened.
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