Tuesday, January 5, 2010
January 5th - Roasted Garlic Beef Stew
Thank You Sweeet Jesus for Meat!
I am so glad I am not a vegetarian. I don't know how people can do it. Of all the meats, I love pork the most. Ham, bacon, and a stuffed pork loin. Yummy! Yes my Jewish friends, it is a dirty animal, but it is SOOOO GOOOD! Chicken would be my #2. I love a good roast chicken. Beef would be my #3. I don't normally crave steak, but love the hamburger. Miscellaneous meats would be my #4. I really don't eat much buffalo, venison, or dog. Plus, they're really hard to find at your local grocery store.
Something I don't understand is the vegetarian pseudo-meat. I have a friend and she is a vegetarian. She used to bring in vegetarian "meats" to work for her lunch all the time. I suppose, a vegetable mash formed to look like meat can have the same protein benefits of meat, but it's not the same. Chickpeas made to look like barbecued ribs don't taste like the real thing. There is just something about having a bone in your hand that speaks to the primal part of your humanity. (...Tee hee)
And can we all agree that turkey bacon is no where near as delicious as regular bacon? Healthy schmealthy...Life isn't worth living without bacon!
Basically the rest of the recipe is peeling and chopping root vegetables (parsnips, carrots, potatoes, rutabaga)and boiling it in a mixture of beef broth, wine, sage, and thyme. Then adding back the meat and cooking a little longer. And, you will need to season with lots of salt and pepper 'cause it's blah if you don't.
Easy: It's roasting garlic, browning meat, peeling and chopping root veggies, and boiling it all together. Yeah, it's easy.
Posted by SuperStar Chef Mark