I have never been a fan of beef stew, really stews in general. In my experience they are lacking in flavor and since I'm not a big fan of beef to begin with, there didn't seem to be any reason to eat one. But how can you go wrong with a recipe from my much lauded Sunset Cookbook?
This recipe calls for a dumpling-style biscuit to be added at the end. I didn't make the biscuits but included them in the recipe below in case you want to try.
And now for the stew. What an amazing rich flavor, slow cooked that makes for a thick beautiful mixture with texture and depth.