On cold days of winter, warm and comforting food is the best. I have been wanting stew for sometime This recipe was perfect: creamy, rich and delicious. It hit the spot. SSP was not so sure of it at first but after he heard there might be popcorn for dessert-he changed his mind. BAP was a bit worried about the mushrooms. Daddy convinced them if he ate them WITH the meat and everything else it was good. All in all -- a successful meal (even if it was after several attempts).
Ben's Beef Stew
adapted from: http://iowagirleats.com/2013/12/16/beef-stew/
1 T vegetable oil
1 t dried thyme
1 large shallot, diced really small
4 garlic cloves, minced
8oz button mushrooms, sliced
3 T butter, melted
3 T rice flour
1 lb stew meat, cut into bite-size chunks
4 cups beef broth
2 bay leaves
1 (small bag) peas/carrots mix
In a dutch oven heat oil. Add thyme-let get slightly fragrant. Toss in shallot, garlic, salt/pepper and mushrooms; saute until lightly browned (7minutes). Add meat; brown about 8-10minutes. In another bowl combine butter and flour. Add butter mixture to meat, coating well. Slowly add broth. Then add bay leaves. Boil; cover after lowering heat and simmer for 2 hours (stir once in awhile). Remove lid and simmer some more for another hour or so. Season to taste. Add peas/carrots and cook for a couple minutes. Remove bay leaves. Serve over piping hot mashed taters.