I am no gourmet cook… but I do love to cook for people. Especially when they are not expecting it. I have been promising my mother beef stew for a few months and because it was chilly today, I decided to make it.
I will be adding new recipes every week, so if you can’t enjoy it with your mouth… you can at least enjoy it with your eyes.
Except for this first picture. 🙂
Brown 2 lbs of beef stew meat, after coating with
flour, salt, and pepper. Yeah… it looks gross, but
get over it. 🙂
While the meat is browning, chop 3 carrots, 3
stalks of celery, 2 cloves of garlic, and 1 medium
onion. I have left ours whole because Mom likes
it that way.
Next chop 6-8 cleaned and scrubbed potatoes.
I left the skins on. Why, you might ask… because
it is the best part of the potato and it saves time. Oh,
and leave the potatoes quite big… you don’t want
them to fall apart, and they will if they are too
When the meat is browned, transfer to a bowl,
and put the veggies in the pot. All those brown bits
on the bottom… leave it!! That is flavor baby!
Make sure to use your children as
slaves to avoid doing all the work.
Return meat to pot. Add potatoes and
enough chicken stock to cover. Bring to
a boil and then cover and simmer for
1 1/2 – 2 hours until meat is tender.
Don’t forget to add a bay leaf.
Serve with bread of your choice…whole wheat
with butter for us, and enjoy.
My mom walked in the door after a long day at rehab with my dad
(He goes to physical therapy for his stroke) and asked…. what’s cooking??
I am confident that this stew will delight your mother,
fill your children’s bellies with a healthy dinner, and make your
husband love you all the more. It is meat and potatoes, after all.