Last week Pie brought home an assignment for The Boxcar Children book. They have been reading the book in class and the teacher sent home a packet with a list of different post-reading activities they could choose from. Pie made a really nice diorama with a boxcar, forest, pond and campfire for her first choice. Then, we made Boxcar Beef Stew together for her second choice. Even though it’s a simple stew, it was very tasty so I thought I’d share it with you! The notes say that it’s very similar to the one the children made while living in the boxcar!
- 1 large onion
- 3 Tbs vegetable oil
- 1½ lbs. beef chuck, cubed
- flour for dredging
- 2 Tbs. tomato paste
- 2 large carrots, cut into 1" pieces
- 3 stalks celery, cut into 1" pieces
- 1 small turnip, cut into chunks
- 2 bay leaves
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- Slice onion and saute in oil in large dutch oven until translucent.
- Dredge beef in flour and shake off excess. Brown in dutch oven.
- Add in carrots, celery, turnip, tomato paste, water and seasonings.
- Stir in 6-8 cups of water to cover.
- Cover and simmer stew about 1½ hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.
- Delicious served with Easy Drop Biscuits.
I substituted olive oil for the veg oil.
I used beef loin steak cubed, you could probably use any cut, just simmer it until tender.
I ended up using the whole 6oz can of tomato paste for added flavor, adjust to your liking.
We didn't have turnip so we substituted 2 med. potatoes.
I substituted 2 cloves minced garlic for the powder and sauteed it with the onion.