Beef Stew in a Bread Bowl


On chilly days, there’s nothing more comforting and satisfying than a hot bowl of beef stew. But have you tried serving that beefy, vegetable-loaded stew inside an edible bread bowl? This fun dish lets you tear off pieces of the fresh-baked bread to dip and soak up every last drop of the savory broth. It’s the ultimate cozy, homemade meal to warm you up from the inside out!

Why You’ll Love Beef Stew Bread Bowls:

  • All-in-one meal with protein, veggies, and carbs in a portable edible bowl
  • Kids get a kick out of eating the bowl after slurping up the stew
  • Bread stays crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside for dipping
  • Use your favorite type of bread dough like french, sourdough, or whole wheat
  • The bread soaks up the delicious stew flavors as you eat

How to Make Bread Bowls for Stew:

  1. Shape 6-8 dough balls and let rise according to bread recipe.
  2. Place risen dough balls in oven-safe ramekins and let rise again.
  3. Bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes until hollow sounding when tapped.
  4. Let bowls cool then cut a circle out of the top with a serrated knife.
  5. Remove some of the interior bread, leaving a 1/2 inch thick edible “bowl.”
  6. Place bread bowls back in the warm oven for 5 minutes to crisp up before filling.

Pro Tips for Perfect Bread Bowls:

  • Use a ceramic or oven-safe ramekin to help the dough hold its round bowl shape
  • Cut out more of the interior bread for a thicker, sturdier bread bowl
  • Toast bowls in the oven right before serving to prevent sogginess
  • Place filled bowls on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any stew drippings
  • Fill bread bowls no more than 3/4 full so stew doesn’t overflow

See the recipe card below for how to make a classic beef stew with tender beef, carrots, potatoes, and aromatics like onions, garlic, tomatoes and herbs. Let the savory stew simmer for 1.5-2 hours until the beef is fall-apart tender.

To Serve:

Ladle the piping hot beef stew directly into the toasted bread bowls. The bread will absorb all the delicious beefy flavors as you tear off pieces to dip and eat. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley for brightness.

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For a rustic yet whimsical dinner, you can’t beat the heartwarming combination of rich beef stew baked inside a tear-apart edible bread bowl. It’s the perfect cold-weather meal to cozy up with!

Beef Stew Bread Bowl Recipe

On chilly days, there's nothing more comforting and satisfying than a hot bowl of beef stew. But have you tried serving that beefy, vegetable-loaded stew inside an edible bread bowl?
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  • Coat beef in flour, salt & pepper. Brown in oil, remove from pot.
  • Sauté onions and garlic, then return beef to pot.
  • Add carrots, potatoes, celery, tomatoes, broth and seasonings.
  • Simmer 1.5-2 hours until beef is tender. Add peas in last 10 minutes.
  • Cut tops off bread loaves and hollow out leaving 1/2 inch shell. Toast in 350°F oven for 5 minutes if desired.
  • Ladle hot stew into bread bowls, garnish with parsley.


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