May 10, 2009

Beef Stew

Just read an interesting article about what most mothers want for mother's day. To my surprise, they prefer not receiving any appliances or kitchen equipments because that reminds her of the years of work she's done for you, even if she really needs it. General moms want something that make her life easier, not your life easier.

Hm.....maybe I'm still an amateur mom, I really want to receive any kitchen appliances that I won't spend money on myself. Bread maker, pasta maker, I don't care if it reminds me of my household chores, maybe I'm still enjoying it.

Well, my 6-month old is still too little to buy me any kitchen appliances. Yet, I've received one big gift from him. After tremendous effort on trying to feed him congee
(Asians do believe babies have to have congee as their first solid food!), I finally figured out what kind of taste he likes to have in his congee, and he just loves it a lot now! Mission accomplished!

(serves 4 - 6)
2 lb stewing beef cubes
salt and pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
4 potatoes, peeled and cut in cubes
3 carrots, cut in pieces
2 onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup red wine
1 can tomato paste
1 1/2 cups beef stock
2 bay leaf
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried rosemary
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Heat oil in a large pot, season beef with salt and pepper and brown evenly and thoroughly. Remove beef from pot. Set aside.

Add onions and carrot to the pot. Saute and scrap up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan until the vegetables are caramelized.

Add garlic, wine,tomato paste, bay leaf, basil and rosemary. Stir well. Add beef stock and beef, bring to a simmer. Lower the heat, cover and cook for 2 hours, until meat is very tender.

Add potato cubes, cook for another 30 mins. Sprinkle chopped parsley on top and serve.


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Chaya the Comfy Cook said...

I usually make stew in the crock pot and I want to try this recipe. It seems to have the best blend of flavors but I won't know until, I try it.

I am going to print it now and if I pick up stew meat tomorrow, will plan on making it, on Tuesday. Thanks.