Thursday, October 15, 2009
Loved this stew
Better Homes and Gardens Casserole Cook Book Copyright 1968
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 pounds beef stew meat, cubed
¼ cup shortening
1 cup water
½ cup catsup
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup chopped onion
6 large carrots, cut into ¾-inch pieces
Combine flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a plastic or paper bag. Add meat; shake to coat.
In large skillet brown meat well in hot shortening. Combine water, catsup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir into browned meat; add onion. Cover and cook over low heat for 45 minutes stirring once or twice. Add carrots; cook 45 minutes more or till meat and carrots are tender.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.
This was one of the best stews I've ever had. It suited me perfectly. I love the combination of sweet and sour and this had the perfect balance for me. Carrots are my favorite stew vegetable so I was perfectly happy having them be the star vegetable here.
I think it was a hit because there were no leftovers! Well, there was some gravy which I saved. It was too good to throw away.
There were plenty of mashed potatoes leftover. They were instant, a cheese variety. I don't think it comes through in the picture but they were the oddest shade of orange, or peach maybe. I wish I could find a good instant potato. They are cheap,easy to keep on hand and fast to make. I found the best ones in Costco but they stopped carrying that brand. I think that brand ruined me for instant potatoes since I never used to mind the supermarket brands that much but now they all stink.
I'm still thinking about the stove. I think it will come down to how I feel when the element finally goes out again but I'm leaning towards a new stove right now. I'd love to have one before Christmas so I could do my Christmas baking in a brand new oven. Honestly, with the limitations I have (I can't spend too much, it has to be electric, it has to be 30-inches), I'm not that excited about getting a new range. Anything that would really excite me is just not feasible.
Question of the Day: How's your weather? It's mid-October and we're already hearing the s-word in the forecast (hopefully only in the mountains).