Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday Morning Stew

Its Sunday morning and around here it is a quiet time of the day.A great time to cook.

It amazes me how many cultures in world share common cooking techniques.Stew is one of those food.It seems every culture has some sort of a stew in their cuisine.It a comfort food that reaches to the very depth of of our sole.
Today is a mid-winter day that has provided a blanket of fluffy white snow that has covered the land.The land that here in northern New Brunswick is potato country.In Grand Falls were are in the heart of potato growing country.So whats better than a beef stew featuring potatoes.

Beef Stew for Two
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
1 pound stew beef
1 carrot
1 stalk celery
1 medium potato
1/4 cup red wine
1/2 cup beef broth
flour,salt and pepper to taste and to coat the beef.
Bacon fat

Use enough bacon fat to coat the bottom of a non stick pot.Cut the onion in to small pieces and saute in the bacon fat till translucent.Add the clove of garlic.Dredge the meat in the flour,pepper and salt.Brown the beef till all side are cooked.Then add wine and beef broth.Add chopped celery ,potato and carrot,reduce heat and let simmer for an hour or the beef is tender.
Taste and re season.If the broth hasn't thickened enough add a roux till the thickness is to your liking

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