Tasty Beef Stew
November 7, 2007, 10:40 pm
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Cuz it’s cold, and I didn’t have any taters.

1-1/2 lb lean stew meat (y’know, I buy roast on sale and cut my own stew meat, it’s way cheaper that way)
1 2inch cube of salt cured side meat or bacon if that’s what you have
2 medium onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 ccarrots, cut up
4 celery stalks, sliced
2 cartons (6 cans) of good quality beef broth
2 pkg of brown gravy mix
alot of thyme
alot of black pepper

Brown the stew meat in a big pot, then put it and it’s juices in a bowl and set aside. Wipe out the pot.
Fry the side meat in the pot, and remove the meat when it’s crispy. Put the meat in the bowl with the beef.
In the side meat drippings, gently brown the onions and garlic.
Sir together about 2 cups of the beef broth with the brown gravy mix, and set aside.
Put the rest of the broth in with the onions and garlic, add the meats and accumulated juices.
Add the thyme and black pepper, and stir in the brown gravy mix.
Put a lid on it, turn it down low, and let cook for a good long time. Hours, even.

Before you serve it make:
Dumplings!
3 cups biscuit mix
1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
anough milk to make a slightly sticky dough

Drop the dough by generous spoonfuls onto the bubbling stew. Put the lid on and let them cook a bit. They’re done when light and fluffy anf dry inside.
enough milk

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