Sunday, January 25, 2009

Beef Stew and Blessings!

For Sunday dinner, I made a huge pot of beef stew. This is a great meal for large families, because it is easy to make a lot of it, and it is relatively inexpensive. It is also Delicious!

Just in case your mouth is watering for some stew, after seeing the above picture, I'm going to post the recipe for my Mom's Beef Stew:

You'll need:

stew beef
salt, pepper
bay leaf


Remove all fat from stew beef and cut into 1 inch cubes.

Drop cubes into bowl of flour, mixed with salt and pepper, and mix around until all pieces are evenly coated.

Brown beef and coarsely chopped onion in butter in a large dutch oven. (Start with one stick of butter. Add more as needed to keep from sticking.)

Add water as desired to form gravy/broth. Start with about 8 cups water (or beef broth) and add more as needed.

Drop in one bay leaf.

Let simmer for at least 2 hours, covered.

Cut vegetables in large pieces.

Add chunks of carrots, potatoes and celery.

Cook for at least another hour.

Uncover the last half hour or so to thicken broth.

About half an hour before serving, add about a Tablespoon of Kitchen Bouquet for a darker, richer looking gravy. (I did not have any this time.)

Note: If you used plenty of flour and butter for browning your beef, your broth will thicken into a nice gravy by the time your stew is done.

I know this recipe is not very exact, but just use as much meat as you can afford (1/4 pound per person is a good rule of thumb), and then add the vegetables to taste. I use two big onions, and I start with at least one carrot and one potato per member of my family. In other words, I put in at least 12 carrots and 12 potatoes, but usually a few more. My husband and sons like as much meat as possible in their stew, but stew is definitely a meat-stretcher!

You may want to remove the bay leaf before serving, or you may want to do what our family does, and leave it in. Whenever someone finds the bay leaf in his or her bowl, we go around the table and everyone gives that person a Blessing! It's a lot of fun and is supposed to be an encouragement to the one who ends up with the bay leaf!

Guess who found the bay leaf today??


She received an assortment of blessings from around our table! Listen in on some of them . . .

May the Lord bless you with a long life.

May the Lord bless you with a focused mind!

May the Lord bless you with inward and outward beauty.

May the Lord bless you with the desire and ability to make us something for dessert this afternoon!!!

I thought this last one took the cake!!!! ;)

1 comment:

mamajil said...

Cute bay leaf blessing game...I am going to adopt that one, usually around here the one with the bay leaf simply got told not to eat it (you would think I wouldn't have to say that...)the blessing would make it fun!

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