Beef Stew of the Gods

2 Apr

One of the staples of my childhood dinners was Mommy’s Beef Stew. We’d eat it for dinner a few times per month, and it was one of the few meals she could make that would appease all of us. (My little brother refused vegetables, and Mom was only eating poultry and fish for a long time, so it was hard to find meals that made all of us happy.) Several years ago, Mommy passed the recipe down to me. Happy Happy Joy Joy! With my own home to run now, I make this beef stew several times per month.

Somehow, Daisy didn’t know I had this recipe. We were talking on the phone the other day, and she reminisced about my mother’s delicious beef stew. When I told her that I had the recipe and was willing to share, she actually cried tears of joy. In honor of Daisy’s successful first attempt at this dish, I’m going to share it with you, Lovely Readers. It’s easy as shit, delicious, and makes so much that you can enjoy leftovers the next day!

Ingredients:

  • Flour and Salt/Pepper (to dredge meat)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (heretofore referred to as EVOO. Thanks, Rach!)
  • Stew Meat, cubed
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • Potatoes (I usually do 1.5 per person, so if you’re cooking for two people, use 3 potatoes, etc)
  • Carrots (same as above)

Directions:

  1. Pour flour in a bowl. Season heavily with salt and pepper. Dredge the stew meat in the flour mix.
  2. Drizzle the EVOO in a large pan or Dutch oven and turn stove to medium heat. (If you’re going to toss in chopped onion or garlic, now’s the time to do it.)
  3. Brown the meat for a few minutes. Stir regularly.
  4. Add tomato paste and broth. Stir some more.
  5. Turn the heat down and simmer the concoction for an hour. Fucking stir. That’s what I always mess up; I under-stir and burn shit. Please stir.
  6. Add the potatoes and carrots. Simmer for another hour. And for the love of all things holy, FUCKING STIR!
  7. Serve when meat is tender and potatoes fall apart with a fork.

You’re welcome.

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5 Responses to “Beef Stew of the Gods”

  1. Blondie April 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Yes. I should have warned you about the stirring.

    • daisyandviolet April 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

      It’s ok. I learned the hard way. -Violet

      • Blondie April 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

        Sorry about that.

        • daisyandviolet April 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

          No worries. I’m a very literal cook. If a recipe calls for intense stirring (like risotto), then I’m on it. Unless I’m explicitly told to do so, I treat every pot and pan like a Crock Pot and leave it alone. Oops. Not your fault. =]

          • daisyandviolet April 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

            And me? I’m an overstirrer. I will stir all day.
            -daisy.

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