Aloo Gobi Stew

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Aloo gobi, a classic Indian dish of curried potatoes and cauliflower, makes for a wonderfully nourishing stew. Full of veggies, it’ll offset all the holiday baking and sweets we lived on for the past month – it’s exactly the sort of thing we crave when January arrives. As with most curry dishes, it will improve with flavour after a day or two in the fridge, so it’s perfect for making on the weekend if you anticipate a busy week.

This stew is apparently one of Eddie Vedder‘s favourites – all the more reason to give it a try!

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Beef Goulash

What’s not to love! Serve with buttered noodles and sigh with contentment

Beef Goulash
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Ingredients
  1. What’s not to love! Serve with buttered noodles.
  2. 3 lb boneless beef chuck, blade or 1.5 kg
  3. cross rib roast, cut into 1-inch
  4. (2.5 cm) cubes
  5. 1 tbsp vegetable oil 15 mL
  6. 3 onions, thinly sliced 3
  7. 4 cloves garlic, minced 4
  8. 1 tsp dried marjoram or oregano 5 mL
  9. 1 tsp caraway seeds (optional) 5 mL
  10. Salt and pepper
  11. 2 tbsp tomato paste 30 mL
  12. 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour 60 mL
  13. 11⁄2 cups beef broth 375 mL
  14. 1⁄4 cup tomato-based chili sauce 60 mL
  15. 1 tbsp sweet paprika 15 mL
  16. 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 15 mL
  17. 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1
  18. 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill or parsley 30 mL
  19. Sour cream
Instructions
  1. Place beef in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, marjoram, caraway seeds (if using), 1 tsp (5 mL) salt, 1⁄4 mL (1 mL) pepper and tomato paste; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir in flour. Whisk in broth and chili sauce, scraping up brown bits from bottom of pan; bring to a boil. Pour over beef and stir well. Cover and cook on Low for about 8 hours or on High for about 4 hours, until beef is tender. In a small bowl, combine paprika and lemon juice until smooth. Stir into slow cooker, along with red pepper. Cover and cook on High for 20 minutes, until red pepper is tender. Stir in dill. Serve garnished with a dollop of sour cream.
  2. Serves 6.
Notes
  1. We use tomato paste in many of our slow cooker recipes because it greatly boosts flavor and richness. The long, moist cooking dulls other aromatic ingredients, such as onions, garlic and herbs. Microwaving or browning a dollop or two of tomato paste with these ingredients makes all the difference.: We use tomato paste in many of our slow cooker recipes because it greatly boosts flavor and richness. The long, moist cooking dulls other aromatic ingredients, such as onions, garlic and herbs. Microwaving or browning a dollop or two of tomato paste with these ingredients makes all the difference.
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Greek Lamb Stew

Mouth watering aromas from your kitchen and kudos from your company – and you weren’t stuck in the kitchen! Serve over rice and this stew is  great with crusty rolls and a green salad

Greek Lamb Stew
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Ingredients
  1. 3 lb. (1.5 kg) boneless lamb (leg or shoulder)
  2. 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  3. 4 medium onions, chopped
  4. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 28 oz. (796 ml) can tomatoes
  6. 5 1/2 oz. (156 ml) can tomato paste
  7. 1 cup dry red wine
  8. 1/2 cup currants, rinsed in warm water
  9. 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  10. 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  11. 1 tsp. orange zest
  12. 2 bay leaves
  13. 3″ cinnamon stick
  14. 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  15. 1-2 tsp. salt
  16. 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  17. Book Reference – The Best of the Best – Vol. 1(Page: 219), That’s Trump (Page: 159)
Instructions
  1. Trim lamb and cut into bite-sized pieces. In a Dutch oven, brown lamb in 3 batches using 1 Tbsp. oil with each batch. Return lamb (and all those accumulated juices) to the pot. Add onions and garlic and cook covered until onions are softened. Puree tomatoes and add to pot. Add remaining ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered at least 1 hour. Discard bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Serves 8.
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Beef and Burgundy Casserole

Beef and Burgundy Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 3 lbs. lean chuck or round steak cut in 2″ cubes
  2. 2 Tbsp. butter
  3. 2 Tbsp. bacon fat
  4. 3 Tbsp. flour
  5. pepper and salt to taste
  6. 1/2 – 1 tsp. dried basil or 1 Tbsp. fresh
  7. 1/2 – 1 tsp. dried oregano or 1 Tbsp. fresh
  8. 1 clove garlic, minced
  9. 1 2/3 cups water
  10. 1 lb. tiny white onions, parboiled and peeled
  11. 1 lb. sliced mushrooms, sauteed (optional)
  12. 2 lb. baby carrots
  13. 1 cup burgundy or other dry red wine
  14. 2 Tbsp. butter
  15. 1 Tbsp. sugar
  16. 3/4 cup Madeira wine or sherry
  17. 1/4 cup brandy
Instructions
  1. Heat butter and bacon fat in a large heavy skillet and brown beef. Place in large casserole. Add to skillet: bacon fat, flour, salt and pepper, basil, oregano and garlic. Stir until flour begins to brown. Slowly add water and stir until thickened. Add burgundy and stir until sauce is smooth. Pour over meat, cover and bake at 300 F. for 3 hours.
  2. In a skillet, melt butter and stir in sugar. Add carrots and onions and stir frequently until slightly browned. Add to casserole with sauteed mushrooms and Madeira. Cover and cook at 300 F. for 30 minutes. Stir in brandy just before serving. Serve with crusty rolls to 8 delighted guests.
  3. Enjoy! (Page: 112)
Instructions
  1. Heat butter and bacon fat in a large heavy skillet and brown beef. Place in large casserole. Add to skillet: bacon fat, flour, salt and pepper, basil, oregano and garlic. Stir until flour begins to brown. Slowly add water and stir until thickened. Add burgundy and stir until sauce is smooth. Pour over meat, cover and bake at 300 F. for 3 hours.
  2. In a skillet, melt butter and stir in sugar. Add carrots and onions and stir frequently until slightly browned. Add to casserole with sauteed mushrooms and Madeira. Cover and cook at 300 F. for 30 minutes. Stir in brandy just before serving. Serve with crusty rolls to 8 delighted guests.
Notes
  1. Enjoy! (Page: 112)
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An elegant stew for a January event. For maximum flavor,be sure to make at least a day in advance.
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