Beef and Leek Stew with Vinegar

Beef and Leek Stew with Vinegar
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What Started it all:
Stew Beef, Leek, vinegar (apple cider, balsamic), stove

This hearty Beef and Leek Stew combines the rich flavors of tender stew beef, the subtle sweetness of leeks, and the tangy complexity of apple cider and balsamic vinegars. Perfect for a cozy meal, this dish is sure to warm you up and delight your taste buds.


  • 1 lb stew beef, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 large leeks, cleaned and sliced into rings
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Clean and slice the leeks into rings. Peel and dice the carrots and potatoes. Cut the stew beef into bite-sized pieces if not already done.
  2. Brown the Beef: In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the stew beef and cook until browned on all sides, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the beef from the pot and set aside.
  3. Sauté the Vegetables: In the same pot, add the sliced leeks and minced garlic. Sauté until the leeks are soft and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Deglaze the Pot: Add the apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar to the pot, stirring to deglaze and pick up any browned bits from the bottom.
  5. Combine Ingredients: Return the browned beef to the pot. Add the diced carrots and potatoes, dried thyme, dried rosemary, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  6. Add Broth: Pour in the beef broth, ensuring that all ingredients are submerged. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  7. Simmer: Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Let the stew simmer for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the beef is tender and the vegetables are cooked through. Stir occasionally.
  8. Adjust Seasoning: Taste the stew and adjust the seasoning with additional salt, pepper, or vinegar if needed.
  9. Serve: Ladle the stew into bowls and serve hot. Enjoy with crusty bread or a side salad.

This Beef and Leek Stew with Vinegar is a delicious and comforting meal that's perfect for any time of the year. The tangy vinegars add a unique depth of flavor, making this dish a standout. Enjoy the process of cooking and the delightful results with your loved ones!

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