Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Yet Another Fine Mess...

...and I was ever so grateful. I'm fine with messes like this. A lot of peeling going on here of potatoes, onions and

carrots. Of course that is followed with a lot of chopping and luckily for me
the mild, sweet onion didn't bring me to my knees in tears.

I bought so much stew meat that I actually had to brown it in 4 separate batches. You don't want to crowd your meat or it will not brown well. If you get a really good browning the broth/sauce will be brown and rich. I also coat my meat in flour and seasoning salt well before browning in canola oil and that adds to the thickness. I also leave the potatoes in large chunks so they can cook down adding to the thickness of the sauce/gravy.

Now you see why I had to make all that mess. It was my new cast iron, 6 quart dutch ovens maiden voyage.
I have been a huge fan of dutch ovens my whole life. They make everything better. Long, slow cooking turn a "roast anything" into fork tender wonderfulness.
Braising or stewing is supreme in a dutch oven.

I will admit that I would have liked one that was more "fashionable", maybe with a classy brand name and cute color but my practical side said this was an excellent quality, right size, didn't want one any smaller, price was right at $49.00 and the return policy at Cost*co can't be beat if I wasn't in love with it. It was also very, very important to me that I can cook with it on the stove top or in the oven. This lid handle/knob is oven proof to 500*. That'll do (pig).

This stew slow cooked 3+ hours on Saturday evening then after cooling an hour off heat I refrigerated it overnight then reheated slowly until bubbly just before
Sunday dinner.
I love Sunday dinner and family.
That's a hard combo to beat!
Photo below is just when it's starting it initial cooking.

And when a 12 year old grand isn't too cool to make biscuits from scratch with his Grammy, and a younger sister/grand tries her hand too (picture prior to baking) ...well that's a memory maker.
Sorry there are not "after" photos. Once it all hit the table it was devoured...with lots of butter and freeze strawberry jam for the biscuits.
Happy day, msk


sylvia said...

That looks soooo yummy.

nlybbs said...

Yum! That is a great deal on your pot! I might have to copy you! :O) What great memories with the grandkids! I think I need your stew recipe....

Mandy said...

Yum!!! You are making me hungry now. I still need to figure out what to make and how to use mine from Christmas (dutch oven)

the conleys said...

oh my goodness that stew looks amazing... what I would give for a bowl of that right now!

Tessa looks darling, as usual, and Jake looks so handsome!! I'm loving the short haircut.



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