Monday, November 17, 2008
Final Fall into Flavor
Don't you just love Fall? The time when you have excuses to bake new comfort foods....
gotta make 'em and try 'em before the holidays. Linda at 2nd Cup has been hosting a cooking meme where we all share recipes for our faves...hers this week sounds like the answer to PMS, sad chick flicks, rainy days and other excuses to treat yourself all rolled up into one.
One of my favorites to make is baked stew. Using a cast iron or other oven-proof skillet, the gravy gets all creamy and the potatoes just a little crisp around the edges. Then top it off with canned biscuits cooked right on top, and , VOILA! Instant comfort...
1 1/2 lbs stew meat, cut into bite-size portions
1/2-1 sm onion, chopped kinda big (about 3/4")
1 lb baby carrots
1-2 stalks celery, cut about the same size as the onion
1 can Rotel tomatoes with gr chile (we like medium hot)
3/4 c flour
1 t. season salt
1/2 t. celery salt
1 can beef stock or 1-2 bouillon cubes with about 12 oz of water
oil to cover the bottom of you cast iron skillet
2 cans of refrigerator biscuits
Mix flour, salts and pepper in a bag or a plastic container with a lid. Add the meat and shake it until well coated. Heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet (or other oven proof skillet with a lid) and brown the floured meat and onions until the onions start to caramelize, turning frequently. Add the rest of the ingredients except the biscuits. Make sure you put in any leftover flour dredge. Cover (preferably with a heavy glass lid) and bake at 300 for about 2 hours. Watch the liquid and add more as needed (water or stock). Remove glass lid and heat oven to 400. Put biscuits on top and back for 10-12 minutes until the biscuits are golden brown. Serve immediately. Stew is great the next day as leftovers, but the biscuits--eh, not so much. So you should probably eat them all then. Even if it means having 3 or (gulp) 4 biscuits...
Hope you've enjoyed this meme as much as I have. My Curves instructors do NOT approve. Maybe I should give them the little coffee mug cake things for Christmas...hmm.....
OH! I almost forgot--rumor has it that I will be facing an arrest warrant! Not a lot of time to tell you about it, but watch this space. I WILL need your help....