Yum! Beef Stew! Thinking about it gives a sense of warmth and comfort for cool days or any day for that matter. It can be appreciated any time of year. But what makes a really good beef stew? Continue reading!
A excellent beef stew starts out with great meat. Of course, there are many cuts of meat available in the meat department. Purchasing the best cut of meat can be as straightforward as choosing a new package of stew meat already cut into small pieces for simple browning. You can also select a piece of beef and have the butcher cut the meat for you. However, when I decide to purchase my meat, I make sure it is Angus beef as it has less marbling and is more tender than other forms of beef, ideal for the best stews.
You can’t have beef stew without the vegetables. The terrific thing is that just about any veggie can be used. Onions are a private matter but I always make sure they are in my stew. Consider adding additional fresh seasonal ingredients from your garden. Why not include eggplant, corn, zucchini or yellow squash.
How you cook your ingredient to perfection is up to debate. Most often you think of beef stew simmering on top of the stove in a Dutch oven daily. Some use their crock pot, letting the stew to simmer all day without needing to watch it over. I, however, want to lift up an alternate. My favourite way to cook beef stew is to bring all of the ingredients into my electric pressure cooker. This is the simplest and quickest”place it in and leave it” way of cooking I have found. After browning your meat (in the pressure cooker) simply add your favorite ingredients, broth and water, set the timer for a half hour or so. Using an electric pressure cooker infuses flavor into all your ingredients. It even permits you to cook from frozen, if you choose. Simply put your frozen meats, veggies and fluids into your pressure cooker, place the controls for about an hour and PRESTO! You have a fantastic beef stew ready to serve.
Regardless of what ingredients you decide to use or what method of cooking you choose, making beef stew to your family is a superb way to bring satisfaction and warmth to your table. Treat your family to some now!