BEEF STEW- ITALIAN STYLE
I decided to make beef stew. It's my brother Hank's, www.briannamazzola.com , favorite dish!! See how I plugged my very talented niece!!! hahaha...She rocks socks!!! OK let's get back to the Beef Stew!! My brother uses Filet Mignon, however my beer pockets used pre-cut beef strips from the supermarket..hahaha...This stew does not take long to cook, maybe 1 hour from start to finish. Like I used to cheer from my cheerleader days, "Oh you can do it, put your mind to it, buckle down, buckle down....do it, do it, do it!!"...hahaha This dish is wonderful served with garlic bread or fresh Italian bread. It's a great "dunk" dish!!...Very filling and totally comfort food! ...Let's get started! Enjoy!
2 pounds of beef strips
salt & pepper to taste
A handful of fresh parsley (chopped)
Lowry's Garlic salt (To taste) about 1 tablespoon
3 Cups Fresh Made Gravy- recipe to follow
2 Carrot Sticks chopped into circle pieces (raw or cooked)
1/2 Bag of Frozen peas (32 Ounce Bag)
3 Medium brown potato's peeled and cut
1/2 Can of Chopped tomatoes (tomato's only, no juice)
4 Bay Leaves
3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
4 Whole garlic cloves
Handful of Parmesan Cheese to Garnish serving dish (Grated or Shredded) ..NEVER FROM A CAN!
Start by using a 12 quart sauce pot. This way as the ingredients start to pile into the pot, you will always have enough room. On a medium heat, add the Olive Oil and garlic cloves. When the oil starts to wave and garlic starts to sizzle, add the cut beef strips. Mix occasionally with a metal spoon or spatula. I find that a metal spatula moves the meat around better and the metal spatula will not "Melt" like a plastic spatula will...That bothers me so much! Once the meat is about 80% cooked, add the salt, pepper, garlic salt, the parsley and the bay leaves. Wait 5 minutes and add the gravy. Now here is the tricky part!! My gravy was already prepared from the night before (when I made the Cavatelli) It already had the cooked carrots and whole cooked onion in it. I discarded the onion but feel free to chop and add it if you'd like. I like cooked onions myself but this original recipe does not have onions in it so I discarded mine. It's up to you!! That's the beauty of cooking!! Wait about 5 minutes and then add the frozen peas. Wait 5 minutes and then add the potato's. The potato's cook fast and will turn too mushy if added too quickly. I like a firm potato...haha...That sounded funny!! But really, it's your preference! Let everything cook for about 30 minutes on a med-low heat. It can be left on the stove on a low simmer and re-heated when the Hubby or Wifey comes home!!! When ready to serve garnish with the Parmesan Cheese to each serving in equal amount & Enjoy!!