Sunday, September 28, 2008

A Stewy Season

Well it is suposed to feel like fall. But here is is still over 100 degrees so there is no chance of that. But I still had all the ingredents to make my stew. So if you want to try it out it is simple and yummy.

You need
1lb chopped carrots
1 chopped onion (yellow or white)
2 stocks chopped celery
1lb stew meat (floured)
1 tbs of chopped garlic
2 tbs flour
2 bay leaves (you can go without if you don't have any)
Butter, olive oil, salt and pepper

Add a tbs of butter and a tbs of oil to the pot and cook veggies and garlic until softened. They should not have color on them but softened up a bit. Then return the veggies to bowl.

Next you want to add some more butter and oil to the pot. Then add the stew meat. Cook the stew meat until it get brown on all sides. Remove the meat and put with the veggies when all cooked.

Next comes the tricky part. You want to put 2 tbs of oil and 2 tbs of butter in the bottom of your pot. Put the heat on med so that it will not burn (you may want to take the pot of for a few before you do this so it is not too hot). Have a wisk in one hand and dump in 2 tbs of flour with the other. Wisk the flour until incorportated well with the oil mixture and try to get the meaty bits off the bottom. Cook for about 30 seconds while wisking. Dump in about 2 cups of water and mix. Then dump in the meat and veggies. Cover with 2 inches of water. This depends on your pot. You may add some salt and pepper here to taste. But I would not add to much because it will reduce and become more salty. Now you have a few options. You can cook this in the oven, crock pot or on the stove. The stove method is the fastest and crock pot is the slowest. Stew will thicken as is cooks.

Crockpot: Dump the whole thing in and ad 1lb of cubed potatoes, cook on low 8 hours.

Oven: Cook in oven for about 2 hours at 350, covered with foil. Then ad 1 lb of cubed potatoes and cook for another 2 hours.

Stovetop: Cook on slow simmer for 1 1/2 hours , cover and stiring every 15 minutes. Watching for water loss. Add 1 lb potatoes and cook for another hour.

* Cooking times may vary due to areas of the country, and cooking equipment.

You can also ad other things to the stew if you like. But remember that you add the potatoes to the last part of the cooking or they will become mashed and yucky. We add cabbage to our sometime or add dumplings at the end. You can also make this with chicken (no need to cook it. Just add raw after cooking veggies and making rue) Pork or other gamey meat)


Anonymous October 17, 2008 at 12:42 PM  

This looks good! I love making soups and stews too in the cooler months!

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