OLD STYLE BEEF STEW
3 lbs boneless chuck roast, cut into 2-inch pieces
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp freshly ground pepper
2 yellow onions, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/4 cup flour
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup red wine
3 cups beef broth
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp dried thyme
4 carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch slices
2 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch slices
3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut in eighths
fresh parsley to garnish (optional)
- On medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil to a large heavy pot (one that has a tight fitting lid).
- When it begins to smoke slightly, add the beef and brown very well. Do in batches if necessary. Add the salt and pepper as the beef browns.
- Once browned, remove the beef with a slotted spoon set aside.
- Add the onions and sauté for about 5 minutes, until softened.
- Reduce heat to medium-low, and add the flour and cook for 2 minutes stirring often.
- Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Add wine and deglaze the pan, scraping any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. The flour will start to thicken the wine as it comes to a simmer.
- Simmer wine for 5 minutes, and then add the broth, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, and the beef.
- Bring back to a gentle simmer, cover and cook on very low for about 1 hour.
- Add potatoes, carrots, and celery, and simmer covered for another 30 minutes or until the meat and vegetables are tender. Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Turn off heat and let sit for 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with the fresh parsley if desired.
BEEF WITH BROCCOLI
2 lbs stew meat
2 teaspoons flour
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons vegtable oil
4 cups broccoli flowerets
2 oz mushrooms (opional)
1/3 cup broth (beef recommended)
- Combine flour and soy sauce in bowl and mix well.
- Stir-fry garlic in oil in a skillet or wok.
- Add beef and stir fry for 3 minutes each side; remove beef and set aside.
- Add broccoli, mushrooms, and broth.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Serve over rice, cooked or fried.