Monday, January 23, 2012

Beef Stew

It's raining again.  Perfect weather for beef stew.  I made a big pot last weekend so we could have it again tonight. 

Beef stew meat, a couple pieces of bacon chopped in 1" pieces, onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, herbs, cognac and wine.  Ready to go!

Herbs from the garden: parsley, thyme, rosemary and oregano

Saute the bacon

The secret to getting a great sear on your meat is to dry it thoroughly and...

...don't crowd it in the pan.  If you put in too many pieces at once you will get steamed meat instead of browned.

I sauteed the onions until soft, and then added the other vegetables.  Salt and pepper to your taste.  I poured in about a quarter cup of cognac and loosened up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan.  Then I poured in the entire bottle of wine and added the herb bundle.  I covered the pan with foil and then the lid to ensure a tight seal and put it in a 350F oven for 2 hours.

The finished product.  Slice up some good bread for dipping and you're ready to go!

Bon Appetit!

8 comments:

  1. OMG that looks heavenly. Love that you put mushrooms in.

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  2. Looks delicious! Especially those big mushrooms and I bet those carrots are sweet. I know it's beef stew, but some of the yummiest things are those that accompany the beef. I might make that for family dinner this week. The toughest part of cooking dinner is deciding on what to cook.

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  3. Looks so good, I think I can almost smell the aroma.

    Interesting to use Cognac and red wine. Tomorrow I'm off to Wegman's for beef stew meat! YUM...

    Two jumpers in your family...can't wait for the next installment. How do you keep Winston from jumping out at will?

    Such a handsome boy...so happy for you both!

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  4. Yep! You know what you are doing.

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  5. That looks and sounds like the best stew I've ever seen. I'm going to give it a try.
    I'm just catching up on my reading - Congratulations on getting Winston home! He is such a striking horse. How thrilling for you to start working with him, although I know you'll miss Jackson. I'm glad Jackson is happy.
    Also, I'm so jealous of your solar panels and electrical independence. Congratulations on that too :)

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  6. I`m on my way across the Pond! Save some for meeeeee! Looks damn good!

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