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Saturday, November 3, 2007

OMG I'm Cooking

I can't cook. I ruin most recipes. But, I am going to try this. It's simple and doesn't require too much labor. Besides, it freezes well and always tastes better the next day!

Autumn Cranberry Beef Stew

1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (3 pound) boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 2 inch cubes
Cooking Spray
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup fat-free, beef broth
2 bay leaves
1 (12 ounce) Guinness Stout
1 (10 ounce) package frozen pearl onions, thawed
1 (8 ounce) package button mushrooms, quartered
1/4 cup water
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
8 cups cooked egg noodles (about 1 pound)
Chopped fresh thyme (optional)

Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl; sprinkle over beef. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef to pan; cook 6 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Add chopped onion, broth, bay leaves, and stout; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours or until beef is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in pearl onions and mushrooms; cook, covered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Combine 1/4 cup water and flour in a small bowl. Add flour mixture and cranberry sauce to pan. Cook 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Serve with noodles. Garnish with fresh thyme, if desired. Yield 10 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup stew and 3/4 cup noodles).


Joy T. said...

Yum-O! That looks very good!

laurie said...

i love beef stew. cranberries is an interesting addition, and i'll bet it would be good.

last night we just ate up the last leftovers of a beef stew i made in the crockpot earlier in the week. it simmers all day in a pint of guinness. yum.

dawn said...

that looks freakin fantastic.
tonight, a weinieroast and tomorrow, stew.

thank you!

Kellan said...

I'm not much of a cook either. I do like to make soups/stews and this one looks good. I made cheese/broccoli soup and veggie soup,both, this past week. Good luck with your stew - have a good weekend. See ya.

fiwa said...

That does sound really good - it's a good day for stew here. Rainy and cold. Mmm...maybe chili tonight and stew tomorrow. Thanks!

dawn said...

That sounds great. I have copied it and will try it this month. I haven't completed my menu plan, so I have space to add it in. Thanks for this one.

Sirdar said...

Hey...that looks real good. You'll have to let us know how it turned out. I see Dawn has taken the recipe. I guess I'll have my chance to taste it sometime in the future.

lisa's chaos said...

That looks really good but I don't cook either. :D

Nap Warden said...

Sounds and looks really good! When do we eat;)