Monday, October 4, 2010

Tasty Tuesdays #9 - Just Stew It!

I love me a good stew. This weeks recipe represents the first of several seasonal dishes that will feature the best of Canada's Fall ingredients. It is hearty, satisfying and allows you to get in your lean protein and veggies.

Ingredients round up: a cup or two of good red wine, 2 T tomato paste, pearl onions, olive oil, 2-3 bay leaves, 2 potatoes, 2 onions, 2 turnips, 2 celery stalks, 2 carrots, 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, 1.5 lb sirloin steak or stewing beef.
PLUS a secret ingredient (to be revealed below!).

Begin by chopping all of your veggies. This should be a rough chop.

Next, heat 2 T olive oil in a deep pot. When the oil is hot, sear the beef on all sides. You may have to do this in batches so as not to crowd the pan. Cook the beef just long enough to get a nice brown caramelized colour.

It will look like this. Don't worry about all those brown bits in the bottom. That is just flavour waiting to be included in our stew stock.

Add a cup or two of your favourite red wine. TIP: don't cook with anything you wouldn't drink! This will deglaze the pan. Scrape up some of those brown bits with a wooden spoon.

Time for the secret ingredient! In the spirit of OktoberFast, I decided to include a can of Creemore Springs Kellerbier. This is a hearty beer from a fantastic local micro-brewery - it should help beef up the stew. If you're not fortunate enough to have access to beer from Creemore Springs, just substitute your favourite dark ale.

Top up the pot with a few cups of beef stock.

Next, add all of your veggies: potato, celery, carrots, onion. Top up the pot with water so that the contents are just barely covered with liquid. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5-10 minutes.

When the veggies have started to soften, add your flavouring agents: tomato paste, pearl onions, bay leaves and rosemary. Put on the lid and let this simmer for 90 minutes. The longer the better!

Mmmmm......tastes like Fall!



  1. Thanks, Rae, for sharing that awesome recipe. It looks spectacular. I will definitely have to try it.

  2. This looks wonderful. I think stews are one of the best parts of Fall. I'd like to have a bowl right now :)

  3. Being a non-meat eater I can't comment on the taste.... but the final picture sure LOOKS like Fall! :)

  4. That looks really yummy Rae :) you are such a good cook! *tummy grumbles*

  5. Rae, I'm pretty psyched to share...Roberto Luongo is the Pounds Off Profile on Friday. Check it out. And I've got to say, it's not easy finding a hockey player with a weight loss story!

  6. You have come so far and what a fantastic post. By the way I am now hungey for a yummy stew!

  7. Stew, oh I love a good stew. Yours looks great. I bet there were no leftovers!

  8. This looks sooo good. I love making stew so I will definitely be trying this one. Thanks!!