This is the time of year for pickling, stewing, jam and jelly making and slow good food all from Mother Nature’s bounty!
I sometimes play around with different ingredients to create the rich flavours that this bounty deserves. This is a good example!
PS. I know some ingredients sound like..say what?? But trust me my chickadees, you’ll love it!
Mama’s Beef Stew
Ingredients to serve 4
1.5 lbs good quality stew beef or pork butt (even half half is nice)
Butter and olive oil for browning meat
3 medium potatoes
2 medium turnip
1 onion chopped
And any other root veggies you’d like to add such as sweet potatoes, yams or parsnips
3 c Homemade beef stock (or good quality organic beef broth)
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dry thyme
This is where it gets weird!…
4 anchovy fillets in brine
2 T organic maple syrup
1 t pomegranate syrup (found in ethnic shops) or tamarind paste
1/4 c red wine (optional)
1/4 c cream or white gravy
White pepper, black pepper and salt to taste
Now let’s put it all together..
brown your meat in a Dutch oven or similar, add onion and sauté for a few minutes. Add stock, and stir well to bring up the goodies on the bottom of the pot. Add everything but the root veggies and cover. Slow cook for 1 hour until meat is starting to get very tender. Add the veggies and cook another 30 mins.
At the end I like to add a bit of cream to soften and bring the flavours together.
Thicken using either corn, rice or potato starch mixed with water first. Bring back to the boil to thicken and serve.
Try it, and let me know how you like it!