I love this woman, you know this by now. This is the best beef stew I have ever had. Try this recipe. It may just end up being the best beef stew YOU'VE ever had.
2 1/2 pound chuck beef cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
1 bottle good red wine
3 cloves garlic smashed
3 bay leaves
fresh ground pepper
good olive oil
2 yellow onions
1 pound carrots peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
1/2 pound white mushrooms stems discarded cut in half
1 pound small potatoes cut in half or quartered
1Tbsp minced garlic
2 cups chicken stock
1 large branch rosemary or 2 small
1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
2 Tbsp worcestershire
1 10 ounce package frozen peas
Place the beef in the bowl with red wine garlic and bay leaves. Place in frig to marinate overnight.
The next day preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Combine the flour, 1 Tbsp salt, 1 Tbsp pepper in a bowl. Lift the beef out of the marinade with a slotted spoon and discard the smashed garlic and bay leaves, reserving the marinade. In batches dredge the beef cubes in the flour shaking off the excess. In a heavy pot heat up 2 Tbsp olive oil, brown half the meat over medium heat until browned on all sides. (5-7 minutes). Once all the beef is browned (you may need to add more oil to the pan while browning) put in an oven proof dutch oven. Add another 2 Tbsp of oil to the hot pan and add your carrots, potatoes, onions, mushrooms, cook for 10 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Place all the vegetables in the dutch oven over the beef. Add 2 1/2 cups of the reserved marinade to the hot, empty pot and deglaze the pan, using a wooden spoon to scrape up all the bits.Add the chicken stock, rosemary, sun-dried tomatoes, and worcestershire, 1 Tbsp salt, 2 tsp pepper. Pour the sauce over the meat and vegetables in the dutch oven and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Place the lid on top and put in the oven for about 2 hours until the meat is tender, stirring once during the cooking process, if the stew is boiling rather then simmering at that time turn heat down to 275. Before serving stir in the frozen peas. Season to taste.