Heat the oil in a skillet set on
medium-high heat. Oil should just coat pan. Add beef and brown, about 5 minutes. Put
beef and all other ingredients into an ovenproof dish with a cover.
Bake at 325°F degrees for about
2-1/2 hours, until meat and vegetables are tender.
Alternate cooking methods: The same
ingredients can be put into a slow-cooker and cooked on low for 10 to 12 hours or
into a 4-quart pressure cooker, which will finish the stew in less than half an hour.
a pressure cooker, heat till pressure rises and weight starts to rock. Cook on medium
heat, so that weight rocks steadily, for 12 minutes. Drop pressure immediately by
putting pot under cool running water.