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  • Of Food And Love: Beef Stew

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    When I get a bee in my bonnet or a hunger pang in my stomach, I do something about it.

    Thank you Tasty Kitchen.  You always come to my rescue.

    In this case, it was a hunger pang.  My stomach wanted a good beef stew.  Like, a hearty one along the lines of Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon but without the extensive prep work.

    And  I found it!!  This is such a simple stew and we made sure every bit was wiped from our bowls.

    There are similar aspects to my first, very delicious and memorable, beef stew.  Browning the meat, for instance.

    The best part about stews is all the vegetables.  That’s the one part I think about the most, carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms…so delicious.

    Sauteed and then cooked slowly in the broth with fresh sprigs of rosemary.  Oh, that broth…Cylas couldn’t get enough.  I filled his little bowl twice with the steaming liquid.

    A little over an hour later, we ate.  The perfect stew for the wintery days ahead.

    Becca’s Beef Stew :: courtesy of Tasty Kitchen

    • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil (Divided Use)
    • 3 pounds Chopped Beef Stew Meat
    • 1 Tablespoon Salt (I thought this was a bit much so I only added half a tablespoon)
    • 1 Tablespoon Cracked Black Pepper
    • 2 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
    • 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano
    • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
    • 2 teaspoons Paprika
    • 3 Tablespoons Butter
    • 1-½ cup Button Mushrooms (I used just regular white mushrooms)
    • 2 cups Chopped Onions
    • 1-½ cup Roughly Chopped Celery
    • 2 cups Sliced Carrots
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • 4 Tablespoons Flour ( I only used 3.5 Tbl)
    • 4 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
    • 4 cups Beef Stock (I found that there wasn’t enough broth for our taste so if you added a little more liquid, like a half cup, it wouldn’t hurt)
    • ½ cups Dry Red Wine
    • 3 sprigs Fresh Rosemary
    • 3 cups Diced Potatoes

    A few quick notes:
    - Beef can be purchased as stew meat or you can cube up most any cut of steak.
    - I like to mix things up with the onions, sometimes I simply chop the onion I have in the house, sometimes I like to add pearl onions.
    - Any type of potato will work, I prefer the redskin potatoes for flavor and texture and they look pretty. Potatoes must be cut small – 1 inch cubes.
    - If you don’t want to use wine just add more beef broth.
    - Omit or add veggies as you wish. I use the large carrots and slice them penny thin but you could simply use halved baby carrots too. All measurements for vegetables are just approximate. I use 2 or 3 carrots, stalks of celery, 4 or 5 potatoes, just whatever looks right to me. It’s about what you want to eat most of. Add more broth/wine if you would like a less thick stew.

    Place Dutch oven on medium high heat and add 1.5 Tablespoons of olive oil to the pot. Spread beef in an even layer on a plate or chopping board. Season evenly with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, garlic powder and paprika. Place half the beef in the Dutch oven and cook until browned on each side (usually 2-3 minutes per side). Remove beef from pot and place in a bowl. Add remaining olive oil and repeat cooking with remaining beef. Remove beef to bowl after browning.

    Add butter and mushrooms to the pot to cook, stirring occasionally until well browned (about 3 minutes). I like my mushrooms diced very fine so as not to see them when eating my stew but you can simply slice them if you like mushrooms. Add onions and cook until caramelized again about 3 minutes. Add celery (finely chopped) and carrots. Add garlic (I use the jar minced kind – or you can mince your own) and stir well. Sprinkle veggies with flour and cook for about 3 minutes. Add tomato paste, beef stock, and wine. Stir well. Place 3 whole springs of rosemary in mix. Add the cooked beef and all the juices back to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, partially cover pot (I just turn my lid a little crooked) and cook for a half hour stirring occasionally. Then add potatoes to the stew and simmer for an hour or so longer, until potatoes are very tender. Be sure to stir fairly often, scraping edges and bottom of the pot. Give stew a good stir and remove from heat. Remove rosemary stems and serve hot. Makes excellent leftovers and freezes well.

    Some people like to serve their stew over rice or noodles, if that is your preference, enjoy!

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