Some days are meant to be lazy. Chilly days that are overcast at best, call for staying in your jammies, picking up a good book, a little binge watching, and enjoying a warm and hearty stew. Sometimes, the sloth has it right, But, what those slow and lazy creatures are missing out on is a big bowl of Beef Stew.
I’ve tried over a dozen beef stew recipes, and each one was good. Being one that always wants to put my own spin on things, I wanted to create my own recipe, taking notes of the ones I’ve tried and creating a Beef Stew recipe that is all my own. I wanted a depth of flavor that left my mouth dancing, and made my body feel like it was wrapped in a warm blanket. An old trick I learned a few years ago, is that tomato paste adds a lot of substance, if caramelized. So that is what I did here in my Beef Stew recipe. After sautéing the vegetables for a few minutes, I added the tomato paste and cooked until it became a nice burgundy color. This, my friends, is the secret. Coupled with the red wine and the rich protein of the beef, well, I can’t say I’ve tasted a better stew! The best part is, is that this recipe makes for delicious left-overs and freezes like a champ.
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