Sunday, 17 January 2010

Beef Stew My Way or The Humble Chef's Beef Stew

I know that January is supposed to be the month when we all try to be healthy, detox etc, but it is still cold and for  me January is more and more a month of comfort food.

Having cooked Portuguese and Italian for many weeks now, I craved British flavours, namely stews, casseroles and pies.

Now, as far as I'm concerned, the secret of a good stew is timing. Or in this case, time it for as long as you can. I started this one at 9 am, so by 1 pm, the meat just melted in your mouth.

The recipe is based purely on instict, playing around with flavours my way, hence the name.
All I can say to you is that the Italian folk will never be able to say that British food is bland again!
It was a huge success!

Very simple recipe. Probably too simple, but the flavours blended in well and the result was indeed delicious. Hope you try it!

INGREDIENTS (Serves 4 or 2 Italian adults lol)

500 gs of stewing beef
some flour
1 large chopped onion
1 chopped clove of garlic
1 large sliced carrot
250gs of frozen peas
250gs of sliced mushrooms
2 cups of good quality red wine
2 cups of stock
2 tbsps of tomato paste
2 bay leaves
1 small rosemary stalk
salt and pepper
1 tsp of sugar
1tbsp of olive oil


Placed the sliced beef (make sure its seasoned) into a plastic bag and add some flour. Shake vigorously.
Brown the meat in a dutch oven (if you have one) or a heavy duty pan. You want to save those meat juices.
Remove the beef.
Add some oil to the meat juices and fry the onions until translucent and add the garlic. Fry for 2 minutes
Add the carrots.

When the carrots have slightly softened, add the frozen peas.
Pour in the red wine, making sure  that you scrape all the meaty juices from the bottom of the pan.
Let the wine steam for 5 minutes (not until dry).
Add your tomato paste, bay leaves and rosemary.
Add the stock and sugar, beef and sliced mushrooms.
Cook for 3 to 4 hours on a low heat, covered and serve with some mashed or boiled potatoes.

Simple, rustic but ever so satisfying!

Beef Stew on Foodista


  1. Well my dear, not too simple I make this the same exact way and absolutely think its the best, just can't have the onion, looks wonderful in the photo and I would love to try yours as well!

  2. Yum yum scrummy! I'll skip the mushrooms, but apart from that it sounds absolutely perfect. And I totally agree about January being the month for comfort food - surely the worst time to start a diet? I'm intending to start my healthy eating in spring, but then I always say that ...!

  3. This looks like such comforting fare. I agree that I am craving warm, hearty dishes (not a lot of salads) in this cold weather.

  4. Sounds comforting and scrumptious!

  5. simple and delicious ... a great beef stew recips

  6. Oh I do love a good beef stew, somehow it warms the belly and fills crevices you did not know needed filling. Its a perfect reminder to slow down and savor the moment. You've provided me with the best excuse to do that with this lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hearty and delicious! I would love more mushrooms for the beef stew!

  8. oh wow this is perfect i adore how you have British and Portuguese heritage and try new foods, maybe you could write a post for chow and chatter about growing up with both or here and I will link to it. my baby will be the same Indian and British and American LOL

  9. Making a pot roast tonight - in much the same way. So comforting and you can add the vegetables to your hearts delight. Delicious! I could take a bite out of the photo.

  10. Beef stew your way looks delicious! I have some oxtail I want to make and you've just given me that extra push to get on with it :D

  11. Another one for my fb Comfort food page! :)

  12. An excellent beef stew! I love the addition of rosemary!