A stew is the combination of vegetables and meat been cooked in liquid and served in the resultant gravy. Ingredients in a stew can include beef. Poultry, sausages, and seafood are also used. Stew meat is from cuts of tough beef, namely chuck and/or round. When you simmer it in a liquid, the joining tissue breaks down and form melt-in-your-mouth tender.
Stew is best for winter. It’s a warming, hearty meal for the whole family and can be cook anytime. I am using chuck beef which I got it on sale with garlic sticks, fennel, zucchini and carrots. This is what I can get and have in my pantry, and fridge. My stew is indeed flavourful with liqueur, and herb; has thick gravy, comfort and delicious Serve with rice and a glass of red. Let’s cook!!!!
650-800 g chuck beef, cut into bite size
1 Tsp garlic minced
4 Tbs oil
4 Tbs butter
1/4 c tomato paste
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 Tsp dried thyme leaves
1 c red wine
1 bunch of garlic sticks, cut into bite size
4 carrots, washed and cut into bite size
1/4 fennel, cut into bite size
1/2 c vegetables stock
1 small zucchini, cut into chunky size
Salt, to taste
5 Tbs Liqueur Wine (OPT)
Season chuck with some salt and black pepper. Heat up cast iron pan on medium low heat; add oil and butter. Brown the chuck all the sides, on cast iron pan about 10 minutes; working in batches if necessary. Transfer beef to a plate. Transfer the chuck out of the pan.
Scrap off the brown bits on the pan and then add some garlic, fry until fragrant then add in carrots, fennel, garlic sticks and zucchini until soft, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add tomato paste and cook until it has darkened, for about 2 minutes, add chuck, and pour in the vegetables stock, wine Worcestershire sauce, and thyme.
Cover the pan and lower the heat to low. Simmer chuck until tender, about 40 minutes. Make sure you turn the chuck to the other side during the slow stewing. Add Liqueur about 10-20 minutes before the end of 40 minutes. Taste for seasoning, adjust to your liking and serve immediately with Basmati rice.
Note: You can use any liqueur of your choice. I use Seppeltsfield Para Grand liqueur. May omit it. You can use any vegetables of your choice. You can use gravy beef if you like. You can serve with bread of your choice.