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8/22/10 8:28 P

I make beef stew FRENCH STYLE [daube de boeuf]. No need to brown it first. The following is based on Julia Child's recipe:

*saute a chopped onion slowly in some olive oil. do this right in the big roasting pan in which you plan to make the stew.
*dredge your meat in some white [or whole wheat] flour. put aside
*when onion is nearly brown, add floured meat. stir it around very well in the pan. this will set the flour. the flour will help the stew to thicken.
*add stock and/or crushed canned tomatoes and/or red wine: enough liquid for almost cover the meat. i use some of all three.
*cook in the oven: 350 degrees: about 1 hour.
*meat will now be partly cooked.
*THEN add: peeled carrots; peeled large potatoes [good sized chunks]. you can also add other root vegetables: parsnips, turnips.
*continue cooking: another hour.
*meanwhile: on top of stove, saute one pound QUARTERED mushrooms.
*when meat and veggies are tender, add cooked mushrooms.

I use 3 pounds of meat at a time: enough for several dinners.

Good luck and congratulations for WANTING to cook!

GINAMARAL Posts: 216
8/22/10 3:56 P

Brown the beef. To do this, you need to have no more than one layer of meat. This gives that roasted flavor.

Braise the beef: Cook the chunks in a liquid over a low heat in a covered pot. The longer the meat cooks, the more tender it will be. Adding wine and/or tomatoes will speed up the tenderizing.

Add a starch: Potatoes, barley, noodles, rice (choices) Simmer some more.

Add vegetables: Carrots, onions, celery, mushrooms, peppers, peas (Choices)

Add a seasonings: Parsley, thyme, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika (Choices)

Simmer some more, and then taste to adjust seasonings.

Good for you for learning to cook!

ANDREAP89 Posts: 37
8/22/10 2:25 P

thanks for the great ideas! Im gonna try to cook it up tomorrow so i'll see what I come up with!

SNOOPY1960 Posts: 1,687
8/21/10 10:33 P

Stew beef is tough but soooo good when it is cooked for a long time.

1-1/2 pounds stew beef cut into 1 inch pieces
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium jalapeño pepper, minced (with seeds) optional
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chili-seasoned diced tomatoes
1 can ( 15.5 ounce ) red beans

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in stockpot over medium heat until hot. Brown 1/2 of beef; remove from stockpot.

Repeat with remaining beef. Remove beef from stockpot and set aside.

Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, onion and jalapeño pepper to stockpot. Cook and stir 5 to 8 minutes or until onion is tender.

Return beef and any juices to stockpot. Add tomatoes; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 2 or 2 1/4 hours or until beef is fork-tender

Serve with cornbread or corn muffins !

Edited by: SNOOPY1960 at: 8/21/2010 (22:36)
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8/21/10 5:47 P

You could make a traditional stew with it - Brown off the meat and add broth and whatever veggies (potatoes, carrots, celery, onions are traditional) you like and slow cook for a few hours then add the peas and fresh herbs and thicken at the end if you like.

You could also make a traditional chili with the stew meat. Or another option is a beef barley soup.

Lots of options besides these are possible too!

ANDREAP89 Posts: 37
8/20/10 8:39 P

Hi all. Im a student and dont have much cash but still want to eat healthy. I picked up some stewing beef today cause it was really cheap but am lost with what to do with it. My mom says that its so cheap because its "tough meat". Does anyone have any good recipe ideas to make the meat more tender? I love casserole and skillet type things so something like that would be good. I also dont have a crockpot :( but I do have a big soup pot and good frying pans. Thanks a bunch!

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