Posted in Soups, Stews, Chili

The Ultimate Beef Stew

Lately all I want to do is cook foods in my new Le Creuset pot! I am looking for recipes specifically so I can use my dutch oven! I love it!

We spent New Year’s Eve with Friends! I (of Course) Cooked! It (Finally) snowed here and got bitter cold! So I thought what better dish to make than beef stew! But not just any Beef stew! I made Tyler’s Ultimate Beef Stew!

Recipe

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, for frying, plus more to drizzle
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 to 3 pounds beef chuck shoulder roast, cut into 2-inch pieces (this cut is also called chuck shoulder pot roast and chuck roast boneless)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bottle good quality dry red wine (recommended: Burgundy)

  • 8 fresh thyme sprigs

  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed

  • 1 orange, zest removed in 3 (1-inch) strips
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 9 small new potatoes, scrubbed clean and cut in 1/2
  • 1/2 pound carrots, peeled and sliced

  • 2 cups frozen pearl onions, a large handful
  • 1 pound white mushrooms, cut in 1/2 ( i used Crimini mushrooms)
  • Horseradish Sour Cream, recipe follows, for garnish

Preheat a large heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat with the oil and butter.

While the pan is heating, arrange the flour on a large dish. Season the cubed beef with some salt and freshly ground black pepper and then toss in the flour to coat.

Shake off the excess flour and add the beef chunks in a single layer to the hot pan, being careful not to over crowd the pan, you might have to work in batches. Thoroughly brown all of the cubes on all sides.

Once all the meat has been browned remove it to a plate and reserve.

Add the wine to the pan and bring up to a simmer while you scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon being sure to loosen up all those tasty bits.

Once the wine has gotten hot add the browned meat, thyme, smashed garlic, orange zest strip, ground cloves, freshly ground black pepper and salt, to taste, bay leaves and beef stock. Bring the mixture up to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook uncovered until the liquids start to thicken, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cover and cook on low heat for 2 1/2 hours.

After 2 hours add halved potatoes, sliced carrots, pearl onions and mushrooms, along with a pinch of sugar to balance out the acid from the red wine. I also added one large can of whole San Marzano tomatoes.  Turn the heat up slightly and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes more, until the vegetables and meat are tender. Season with salt and pepper and remove the thyme sprigs.

To serve, place the stew in a soup bowl, and add a dollop of Horseradish Sour Cream.

 

Horseradish Sour Cream:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chives, finely chopped, as garnish

Combine sour cream, prepared horseradish and a drizzle of olive oil in a small bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper. Add a dollop of the mixture on top of the stew and garnish with chopped chives.

I also made Champagne Cupcakes, with Champagne Frosting and topped with Chocolate Covered Strawberry (But I can’t tell you the recipe because then people won’t buy them from me)

What did you do for New Years? I was good, only had a couple glasses of wine! I was DD later on in the night, hubby had a little bit too much, I was also the picture taker as I always am. I don’t mind, as long as there are a few good pictures of me. We were mellow this year. We went to our friend James house :

James made my bacon wrapped smokies (well not mine) but the recipe I have: recipe

Allan, (My Hubby in the middle) Normando, James and the shorty in the front is Karen

Allan, Me (In the Middle) James on the right, Karen in the front

Karen can’t eat flour or eggs, so I felt bad that I made cupcake and she couldn’t have any. So I made her some chocolate covered Strawberries and her name in Chocolate.

Me and my typical pose, with cupcakes! Happy New Year!

This is my fav picture I took of the night! James and his cupcake! I also brought sparklers to put in the cupcakes to make it more special and fun! (I think James appreciated it)

Normy and Me!

Priceless!

Me and My cupcake!

Happy New Year Everyone! Thanks to everyone who reads my blog and tries my recipes! Here’s to 2011 and many more yummy recipes! I can’t wait!

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Hello World! My name is Jamie! But a lot of peeps think I am Crazy! So some call me Crazy Jamie! The name originally came from my mother in law, she nick named me crazy nena, which means crazy woman in Spanish and well I always loved the name and well its stuck and I feel it fits me quite well. So I went with it! My friend Stacey’s kids also call me Crazy Jamie. Not Jamie, but Crrrrazy Jamie! Why be just Jamie, when I can be CRAZY JAMIE! So welcome to my world! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Food! I probably think about food more than a man thinks about sex. Well maybe not…But I think about it a LOT! I am always looking for recipes and inspirations and things I want to cook! I collect recipes and I LOVE Pinterest! Greatest place to get recipes! That’s where I get all mine! I am 35 years young and have been married to my Puerto Rican Hubby Normando Luis. Going on 5 years this year! We got hitched on 8-8-08. It’s just the two of us and always will be. I don’t want kids and yes he is ok with that! I like it just the two of us having fun, sipping wine, cooking, walking around naked and being goofy and on the go. It’s how we roll, and I LOVE our life! Why be like everyone else! I LOVE to be different! I have always been the odd one out, or stood out, or stood alone and always the loud girl. I am me 100% me all the time! Cussing, goofy, tons of energy, picture taking, pink hairs, crazy, outgoing chic! Some don’t like it, but that’s ok, not everyone can like someone so awesome! Did I mention I LOVE food, all kinds! My favorite food is Sushi, then Italian! I also LOVE learning how to make foods from my hubby’s homeland of Puerto Rico! I will travel there someday! I also LOVE Cajun/creole food! I think I was a Cajun in a past life! I also LOVE to make homemade pasta and my most favorite tomatoes are San Marzano tomatoes! How I show love to friends and family is by cooking for them! I put my heart and soul into my food and cooking! It’s my passion and you can see, hear and taste it! My favorite place to be in is my kitchen cooking! I love to hike and have lived in Colorado my whole life. I don’t think I could live anywhere there wasn’t mountains! I also LOVE the dry heat! I don’t handle humidity too well. Along with cooking and taking pictures and hanging out with my hubby, I also have a side salsa business I do as well as a cupcake business too. I love to stay busy! Why rest? I can’t sit still so I just keep a moving anyway I can! So this is me and my world and welcome to it!

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