Thursday, April 14, 2011
Beef stew(Serves 6-8):
* 1-1/2 pound stew beef, cut into bite-size pieces
* 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons flour
* 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
* 1 rib celery, thinly sliced
* 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 3 cups low-sodium beef broth
* 1 cup tomato juice or vegetable juice
* 3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
* 2 bay leaves
* 2 large all-purpose potatoes, cut into chunks
* 2 carrots, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
* 2 cups fresh green beans, in bite-size pieces
* 1 teaspoon dried thyme
* 1 teaspoon dried oregano
* Black pepper, to taste
* 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
* 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
Set a large, heavy-bottomed soup or stew pot over medium heat for several minutes. Meanwhile, combine the stew beef and 1/4 cup of the flour in a gallon size plastic or paper bag. Shake well to coat the meat.
Beef Stew Step 2 Add 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil to the pot. Gently swirl the pan to spread the oil around. Add half of the meat to the pan, shaking off any excess flour, and brown it for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer the browned meat to a heat proof dish. Then add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan and brown the remaining meat.
Beef Stew Step 3 Stir the onion, celery, garlic, and first batch of meat back into the pan. Saute the mixture for 3 minutes, stirring often, until the onion wilts.
Beef Stew Step 4 Stir in the broth, tomato juice, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and bay leaves. Increase the heat, bringing the liquid to a simmer. Then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and gently simmer the stew for 1 hour, stirring several times as it cooks.
Beef Stew Step 5 Stir in the remaining ingredients, except for the reserved 3 tablespoons of flour. Bring the stew to an active simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer gently for 45 minutes more, until the vegetables are tender.
Beef Stew Step 6 To thicken the stew, spoon a ladleful of broth into a small mixing bowl. Whisk in the reserved 3 tablespoons of flour. Then stir the mixture into the stew and simmer for 10 minutes more. Serve with dinner rolls or over rice or noodles.