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Sep162013

Home-Style Burgundy Beef Stew

 

Home-Style Burgundy Beef Stew

 

Beef stew is one of my all time favorite comfort foods. Luckily, we’re just hitting our stride here in New England with cooler evenings. For me, that means stews, soups and all things comforting are going to start showing up in my weekly menu planning. When it was time to choose a recipe from this week’s American Diabetes Association (ADA) cookbook, it didn’t take me very long to decide. Home Style Beef Burgundy Stew. For me! Well, I’ll share, but it makes me very happy. I love it!

We’ve got tender beef cubes, sweet carrots and silky potatoes happening here. As for seasonings, there was one I’d never used in beef stew before--Allspice! Say what? Yes, Allspice. I didn’t question, I went with it. Upon first taste of the finished stew, I was sold. It’s a lovely flavor in this stew, and very fitting for the fall season. It’s warm and cozy.

This week we’re cooking from Nancy Hughes’ cookbook Gluten-Free Recipes for People with Diabetes. There are so many recipes in this book I want to try, as in the last book we highlighted. It’s a gluten-free cookbook, but unless you actually told someone you were feeding them gluten-free food, they likely wouldn’t know. The idea is: spotlight the stars of the recipe you’re enjoying instead of talking about what you’ve left out or made a substitution for.

As I said in my previous post, for the month of September, we’re celebrating "30 Days of Family Health,” sponsored by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The best prevention for diabetes starts early in life, through maintaining a healthy lifestyle and developing good habits at a young age. There are twelve bloggers helping to promote this healthy message for the month of September, so there will be no shortage of recipe ideas brought to you by the ADA and some very talented cookbook authors! All you have to do is follow along and enjoy the ride. Check out Kitchen PLAY to get all of the latest details, links and recipes.

Home-Style Burgundy Beef Stew

Serves 4 • Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups • Makes 5 cups

1 tablespoon canola oil, divided
1 pound lean boneless chuck, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup chopped onion
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
8 ounces whole mushrooms
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup dry red wine
2 teaspoons gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 packets sodium-free, gluten-free beef bouillon granules
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 medium carrots, scrubbed, halved lengthwise, and cut into 3-inch pieces (8 ounces total)
12 ounces russet potatoes, peeled (optional), and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
3/4 teaspoon salt

1. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown half of the beef; set aside on separate plate. Repeat with 1 teaspoon of the oil and remaining beef; set aside. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the pan residue, cook the onions and garlic 3 minutes or until onions are brown on edges.

2. Stir in the mushrooms, water, wine, Worcestershire, sugar, bouillon, allspice, and return the beef to the onions in the Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat, cover, and simmer 1 hour and 15 minutes.

3. Stir in the carrots and potatoes, cover, and cook 45 minutes or until beef is tender.

For a thicker consistency, using a potato masher or large slotted spoon, mash some of the potatoes and carrots. This technique also adds flavor as well as thickness.

NOTE: There is no mention of the ¾ teaspoon of salt in the recipe directions, but I assume it’s added at the end when you taste and adjust for seasonings.

EXCHANGES/FOOD CHOICES

1 Starch, 2 Vegetable, 2 Lean Meat, 1 Fat

BASIC NUTRITIONAL VALUES:

Calories 255
Calories from Fat 70
Total Fat 8.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.8 g
Trans Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 50 mg
Sodium 540 mg
Potassium 1025 mg
Total Carbohydrate 25 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Sugars 7 g
Protein 21 g
Phosphorus 250 mg


There will be other cookbooks highlighted this month that are available in the ADA catalog. You can shop there now and receive a 25% discount on all books until October 4th, 2013! The discount code is KITCHEN2013. Remember, follow along at Kitchen PLAY for more links all month long, and stay tuned to this space for two more 30 Days of Family Health this month.

*This post is sponsored by the ADA in conjunction with Kitchen PLAY.

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Reader Comments (9)

Oh wow! I'll bet the allspice gives the stew an unbelievable depth of flavor, especially paired with the red wine. This looks delicious, Elle! I simply love this season of comfort foods and the time spent in the kitchen. LOVE!

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenee - Kudos Kitchen

Looks great Elle. I love a good beef stew when the weather gets colder. Comfort food at it's best.

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather | Farmgirl Gourmet

I love beef stew on a nice cold New England evening, too :) This looks perfect!

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSues

I so love a great beef stew - or any rich, vegetable-packed meat stew - in the autumn and winter and yay for stew season approaching quickly! Yours looks and sounds like it would hit the spot, hardy, rich and flavorful! Perfect!

September 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

I woke up this morning and saw that it was 37 degrees out. Then I saw your blog post for this beef stew.

It's going to happen. :)

September 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle | Taste As You Go

That sounds SOOOO good.... would be perfect for today~!!! Will be going on the menu soon, probably Saturday!

September 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen B.

It seems like we may have a colder fall and early winter this year in New England and beef stew is the perfect dish to serve for a warm and comforting meal...sounds great.

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren (Back Road Journal)

This is exactly what comfort food is all about! I would love to wrap my hands around a bowl of this while sitting in front of a roaring fire.

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCookin Canuck

Mushroom and carrot, two major spices in my dishes :)

October 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervouchers uk

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