Preparation / Directions:
Combine flour and seasonings in a plastic bag. Trim and discard all visible fat from the beef. Cut the beef into 1-inch cubes; lightly toss in seasoned flour: reserve excess flour.
Pour oil into a 6-cup oven-proof casserole dish; stir in floured meat. Bake, uncovered, at 450øF. for 30 minutes, stirring once.
Reduce oven temperature to 350øF. Combine water, soup mix, reserved flour, and bay leaf; pour over meat.
Bake, covered, for 1 hour; stirring once. Add potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms and an additional 1/4 cup water if needed. Bake, covered, for about another 45 minutes or until the meat and vegetables are tender. Discard the bay leaf.
Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 2 1/4 hours