Best Beef Stew

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated January/February 2010, America's Test Kitchen TV

Despite hours of simmering, most beef stews fall flat. With its rich gravy and tender meat, this one packs in more flavor in less time.

SERVES6 to 8

TIME3¾ hours

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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

The taste of beef stew is rarely as complex as its rich aroma would lead you to believe. We wanted a rich-tasting but approachable beef stew with tender meat, flavorful vegetables, and a rich brown gravy that justified the time it took to p...

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