Gaston Stew

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Author Notes: My unadventurous mother passed this recipe along as one that was "never-fail", and I believe she may have gotten it from that good old standby The Joy of Cooking, but of that I'm not sure as I only have the stained and well-worn index card she passed along. We've been cooking it in our family for over three generations and think it's the tastiest stew around. The peppercorns and cloves bring an unusually satisfying flavor to the gravy.Seaward

Serves 8

  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 2 pounds Beef, cut into pieces for stewing
  • 1 tablespoon All-Purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Freshly groung pepper
  • 1 1/2 Cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 Large onion, chopped
  • 1 Bouillon cube dissolved in 1 cup of hot water
  • 8 ounces Canned tomato sauce
  • 12 Pepper corns
  • 3 Whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup Parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 Bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup Sherry or white wine
  • 6 Medium-size potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 6-8 Carrots, peeled and quartered
  • 1 Stalk of celery, chopped
  1. Heat the oil and butter together in a large dutch oven. Brown the meat in the oil/butter over a hot fire.
  2. Sprinkle the meat with the flour, salt and pepper. Stir to coat the meat well.
  3. In a separate saucepan, combine and heat until boiling: garlic, onions, bouillon, tomato sauce, pepper corns, cloves, parsley, and the bay leaf. Add to the meat in the dutch oven, mix well.
  4. Simmer the meat/sauce mixture for about 4 hours. After 3 hours add the sherry/white wine.
  5. Cook the potatoes and carrots separately until tender but not overdone. Add the vegetables for the last 15 minutes of cooking.
  6. As with so many stews, this can be and often is better "the next day" although it's tasty any time. If you need to add fluid when reheating, add beef stock.
  7. Serve with crusty toasted bread, to soak up the sauce/gravy.
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almost 3 years ago ubs2007

Absolutely flavorful and scrumptious! My 4.5 yr old said, "this is amazing." Next day, my son insisted that I serve it for a dinner party. People couldn't stop eating the stew! It was a hit! Only issue: beef seemed dry after 2.5 hrs and I needed to add water 3 -4 times since the broth evaporated. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!!!