Friday, January 13, 2017

Ice Storm Stew

This morning the TV and computer are issuing dire warnings of the impending Ice Storm! Well weather will happen, no sense worrying, just prepare and adjust. When I think of food to cure the storms, images of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches come to mind. So this bad weather buster will focus on tomatoes and beef.

Stews are usually a meat with a mirepoix (three vegetables) in a liquid. Here the vegetables will be tomatoes, onions and carrots. The liquid will be thick and rich tomato based soup instead of the more traditional and clearer stock. This will be “hearty” and help keep the insides warm.

2.5 to 3.5 lbs beef chuck roast cut into 3 inch pieces
2 cans condensed “Tomato Bisque” soup
1 soup can of beef stock (low sodium)
2 cans stewed tomatoes, drained
2 medium yellow onions, rough chopped
1 cup baby carrots
1 tsp fresh basil

Wipe out and spray the large slow cooker. Set on low.

Do your cutting: roughly chop the onions into large pieces, they will break down as you cook.

Cut up the roast into 3 inch pieces, removing as much of the fat as you can.
Heat 2 tbs oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Brown the meat.

To make it simple: place the pieces into the skillet in a clock-wise manner finishing up with pieces in the middle. You are not cooking these right now, just turning the red meat into brown. After 2 minutes, turn them once, going back around in a clock-wise fashion. After a second 2 minutes, remove to a paper towel lined platter. Continue with the rest of the meat in this fashion.

Place about half of the onions into the cooker as a bed. Dump the browned meat on top. Then the rest of the onions.

Drain the stewed tomatoes and add them along with the contents of the soup. (Hint: Always use a wooden spoon to remove soup from the can. Scraping with a metal spoon will leave a bad flavor.)
Now fill one of the cans with the beef stock and add that.

Distribute the baby carrots over this and sprinkle with the fresh basil. (You can find this in the produce section and is so much more tasty than the dried stuff).

Cover and let cook for 6 hours. Resist the urge to lift the cover and fuss with it! It will be just fine.

This serves well with a simple green vegetable and warm bread from the oven. Enjoy this and prepare to cuddle!

For our music:

So happy to be serving my Master Indy


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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