Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Homemade Beef Stew

The weather here has definitely officially turned to Fall temperatures.  The sun is still shining but it’s brisk out there!  I even had to turn the heat on this week.  It also got me dreaming of lovely, warm comfort foods.

Specifically Beef Stew!

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Last year around this time, Angie made a pot of stew she raved about.  She used this information from Chef Michael Smith to create her stew so I saved the link and finally put it to the test myself this weekend.

Simple ingredients: garlic, onion, red pepper (I didn’t have celery), gold potatoes, rosemary, carrots and turnip (actually rutabaga)…

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You will also need beef broth, a nice red wine, and of course the stewing beef.

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Prep is quite easy.  A bit of cubing, a few chunks, and a reasonably close eye on the soup pot.

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I found the trickiest part to be getting the temperature just right for searing the beef, but it certainly isn’t rocket science and I got the job done just fine. :)

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No bay leaves on hand, so an extra sprig of rosemary seemed the thing to do!

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Load the pot with your veggies, set the timer and walk away.  Come back in an hour or so and you have dinner ready and waiting.

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Eat up right away, or be like me and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.  This is one of those “even better the next day” meals.  Nom.

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Warm and soothing.  What else makes good Autumn comfort food?

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3 comments:

Cat said...

nom nom nom nom (now that I know what it means, I will use it excessively) nom nom nom

(oh, except I don't eat beef)

Still looks nommy though! is 'nommy' a word?

JavaChick said...

I have never been a fan of stew unfortunately. I did pull out my slow cooker this week though - it's that time of year again. It was so nice to come home from work and smell dinner!

chezjulie said...

I made some yummy stew about a week ago. I would have done it sooner if I had realized it was that easy! I used sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes which made it really nommy.