Beef Stew

It’s winter so it’s like law of the land that us humans must consume beef stew.  Plus it’s actually cold here in Austin, it’s kind of freaky.  The Cayenne pepper and the brown sugar here make it sweetly spicy and awesomeeee.  You could also add turnips orrrr mushrooms ’cause that’d be dandy.

Beef Stew (fo four)

  • 1 lb stewing beef
  • olive oil (at least 2 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp all-spice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp Cayenne pepper (or less if you don’t like it a little spicy)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • some red potatoes
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into a dice
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water

Smother your beef with salt and pepper.  Heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Then add the butter and once it’s melted (careful not to brown it) start browning the beef in batches.

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Keep going…

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Once the meatz are browned, reduce the heat to medium and add the onion and garlic.  Let those soften harmoniously for a few minutes.

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Add the tomato paste and stir it up.

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Cook that for another minute, then add the beef broth.  Take a wooden spoon and scrape up all the brown bits from the bottom.  Yum.

Add the bay leaves, paprika, all-spice, sugars, pepper, oregano, salt and lemon juice.  Bring it to a boil, then reduce to low.

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Cover and let that stew for an hour.

In the mean time, cut some potatoes!  You could skin them but the skin is where most of  the nutrients are in the potato, so I left them on and I encourage you to do the same.

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Add them to a pot and cover with water.

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Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork-tender.

Also peel and cut the carrots.  And cut the celery.

Add the potatoes, celery and carrots to the pot, recover and stew for another 30-45 min.  Until the carrots and celery are cooked.

Combine the cornstarch and water, then add it to the pot.  Let that thicken up the broth a bit.  Remove the boy leaves, serve it up and consume.

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