Thursday, February 7, 2013

Google Stew recipe

Last night I decided to make beef stew for dinner.   I cut up the bone-in beef shank and got it to boiling when jimmy came in with his computer  tablet and started 'googling' recipes.  At first I was annoyed because really  ...I had it handled.  Mostly, to be belligerent, as he read each recipe  out loud,  I  started throwing in  ingredients from each one  that I  hadn't already added.  Poor Jimmy, when he realised what I was doing, he  almost panicked when I dumped in the  paprika.  Then he got into the spirit of the thing and said  "Cool! We're gonna make Google Stew.  And so it was named.  We stayed away from all recipes that were made by jumbling up pre-made processed food stuffs (for example one called for adding a can of tomato soup and many  said to add corn starch for thickening).  The result was the best stew I've ever made.  so, here in all its glory is  the recipe for  Google Stew.  It was made in an 8 quart stock pot.  Only one pot was used.

Google Stew

In an 8 quart stock pot:

Brown 2 pounds cubed beef shank in olive oil.  (do not drain off oil)
Then add water slowly to fill pot and bring to a boil. Let boil for  about 45 minutes or until beef is tender.
While boiling add:
a chopped onion
1 bay leaf
a couple of cloves of chopped garlic
1 diced tomato
about 1 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon each: rosemary, thyme,tarragon,parsley, vegetable bullion, beef bullion (real bullion not 'flavor' cubes)
Let all this boil together for the 45 minutes then add:
2 or 3  sliced large carrots. Let them  cook for about 15 minutes then add 4 or 5 peeled, quartered medium sized potatoes.  Let cook about 1/2 hour or until potatoes and carrots break down and stew begins to thicken.

Serve with fresh hot homemade french  bread! ( that's what I did but,... I guess you could BUY bread, if you were in a time crunch)

An even simpler version of this recipe is : boil everything together for about 45 minutes or so and then  add your carrots and potatoes.....cook til done.


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