July 25, 2014

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Common Sense Kitchen One Pot Recipe… Five Stew Choices

One Pot Recipe... Five Stew Choices

One Pot Recipe... Five Stew Choices

Hungry for a hearty bowl of beef stew? Comfort your cravings with our simple, simmering recipe using one-pot. Blend onions, carrots, potatoes with your choice of meat or poultry. Soak up with some crusty bread and a fresh green salad. Supper is served!

Home Style Stew
Serves 8 to 10
Ingredients
4 to 5 pound: beef tenderloin
   (or pork tenderloin, boneless
    chicken, boneless turkey,
    boneless leg of lamb)
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
Fresh sea salt, fresh white or
   black pepper
2 large sweet onions, diced
8 cloves garlic, minced
4 ribs celery and leaves, diced
4 large carrots, bite-sized slices
4 medium red potatoes,
   peeled, bite-sized chunks
4 cups beef broth
2 or more cups water
¼ to ½ cup cornstarch and
   water, for thickening

Flavor options
 2 cups fresh, frozen or canned
   peas
1 cup diced tomatoes, fresh or
   canned
 ½ cup freshly chopped Italian
   parsley

Directions
Gather all ingredients. Wash and cut vegetables (place potatoes in bowl of cool water to prevent browning). Season meat or poultry with sea salt and white or black pepper. Melt butter and olive oil in twelve-quart soup pot, on stove with medium heat. Add whole meat or poultry to pot. Add onions, garlic, celery, carrots and potatoes. Add beef broth (with beef, lamb) or chicken broth (with poultry, pork). Add water to cover all. Turn heat to high, then turn to simmer before stew boils. DO NOT BOIL; protein stays tender. Cover pot; simmer one hour. Stir, taste and season: pinch salt, pepper, ¾ teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine ( ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary). Simmer additional one hour. Whisk cornstarch and water (equal parts); stir into stew. Add optional peas, tomatoes and / or parsley. Turn off heat. Cover, wait 15 minutes before serving.

NOTE: The 2-hour simmer allows vegetables to melt into stew. If you prefer firm carrots and potatoes in the stew, add vegetables during the second hour of simmering.
Herb options: Garnish with freshly chopped Italian parsley (or mint with lamb). Enjoy!

Nutrition information: calories 350, total fat 12 g, cholesterol 80 mg, carbohydrates 10 g, sodium 525 mg 

Lorraine Barnett is a nutritionist and freelance writer from Westfield Center.