I came across a Moroccan beef stew recipe a while ago in Bon Appetit magazine and have been making it ever since. Over the years, I changed and added some spices and also started making it using filet tails. Tenderloin works just fine, but given how expensive it is, I just can't bring to throw my filet mignon into a stew. Filet tails are just as tender and cost a fraction of the price. So if you come across some affordable filet tails, make this delicious, impressive stew! And... it only takes 20 minutes to cook! I love to serve it with some whole wheat couscous for a hearty, but healthy meal. Enjoy! —Jenya | BlueGalley
4 to 6
For the Stew:
1.5 to 2 pounds
filet tails or beef tenderloin
garlic cloves, minced
2 to 3 cups
pitted kalamata olives
can of garbanzo beans, or 15 oz (aka chickpeas)
slivered almonds, toasted
3 to 4 tablespoons
finely grated lemon peel
hot pepper flakes (or up to 1/8 tsp if you like heat)
Cut the meat into even pieces, about 1 inch wide (it’s ok if they’re not perfect) and season generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. I used about 1 tbs of salt and 1 tsp of pepper. If using regular salt, go lighter on the amount.
Heat half the oil in a large (preferably cast iron) dutch oven over medium high heat until hot but not burning. Brown the meat in batches without over crowding. Make sure the pieces are not touching, or they will steam instead of browning. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside in a plate or dish that will catch the juices. If vegetables are not ready, also remove the pan from heat.
Meanwhile, peel and finely chop the onions and carrots, and finely mince the garlic (I like to use a grater). Heat remaining oil in the pan over medium low heat and add the onions, carrots, garlic and hot pepper if using. Sprinkle the vegetables with a little kosher salt and some pepper. Cook until onions are translucent. DO NOT BURN! And stir often.
Add all the spices (I like to pre-mix mine) to the vegetables and cook stirring for a minute until spices are fragrant.
Add the broth and stir to combine. Chop the olives and add to the pan, along with the raisins, garbanzo beans, almonds and half of the cilantro. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then lower the heat slightly and simmer for 7 minutes. If you would like more liquid in your stew, you can add some more broth or some water.
Add the beef along with the rendered juices and finely grate the lemon peel and add to the pan. Add the rest of the cilantro and stir everything to combine. Add more salt and pepper if needed.
MAKE THE COUSCOUS: Place 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/4 tsp kosher salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. As soon as it boils, add 1 cup of whole wheat couscous. Turn off the heat, cover and let it sit covered for 15 minutes. Uncover, fluff with fork and serve immediately.
And enjoy this easy to make but super impressive exotic stew :)