Thursday, June 6, 2013

Easy Beef Stew (anyone can make it)

Dead simple beef stew, honestly no way you can f%#k this one up, unless you're really stupid and unable to follow instructions in engrish :)

The beauty with stews is that you could throw in anything from the fridge and it would taste awesome. Nothing better than beef stewed to the shit house and turning out soft as butter. Did I ever tell you how much I enjoy listening to Kaskade's music?

(Excuse the shit photos, I got lazy and shot them all on AUTO)

  • 1 kg of lean beef (fatty is more preferable, but we're trying to be healthy)
  • 200 grams of pancetta or bacon
  • 1 slice leek (discard the green, just slice the stem area)
  • 2 chopped whole onions (red or white or both)
  • 4 gloves of smashed garlic
  • 6 carrots (depending on what you like)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 500mL of beef stock
  • 1/3 bottle of red wine
  • Flour

Cube up the beef, drop into a mixing bowl and cover the shit out of it with red wine. Let it sit for around half a day in the fridge. Remove and drain the meat but do not discard the red wine. Now coat the meat in flour, don't go hard. Heat up a pan, add some oil and fry up the beef till golden. Add in garlic, onions, leek, pancetta and cook up the lot till everything smells awesome. Reduce heat and pour in the red wine from before, add in the beef stock and simmer for about an hour. Drop in carrots and further reduce heat and occasionally stirring. Season with salt and pepper and continue to simmer till mixture is at a nice and think consistency. This took me about 2.5 hours of simmering to get it right. Alternatively if you're strapped for time, just bang the lot into a slow cooker and Bob's your uncle (in hindsight I should have just done that from the start).

Serve with crusty bread and a nice glass of wine.

Time: Too long
Serves: 8
Cost: $30

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