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[Summary: Thomas Joseph makes good on the first donation to his Donor's Choose campaign.]
So Jade came through with a nice donation to my Donor's Choose campaign. Therefore, it's time I make good on my promise/bribe to provide two recipes (one a family recipe, the other a comfort food) for my readership. I said I'd post my Italian Wedding Soup recipe, but it's one that isn't in my cookbook yet. I'll be getting the recipe from my mom this weekend, so I may post it as a bonus recipe later this week. However, I do have a good soup recipe to post. Since Jade is a big fan of soups, I'll post my mom's stew recipe as my comfort food too. Most of these recipes are fairly simple and rustic, and don't take too much time to prep (at least I don't consider them too). If you have questions about any of the recipes, feel free to ask.
TJ's Mom's Stew (Comfort Food)
2 pounds of meat (beef or pork, but venison works best), cubed
1 large onion, diced and sauteed
Several carrots, peeled and diced
Several potatos, peeled and cubed
15 ounces of tomato sauce
1/4 cup of water
can of peas (12 ounce can, or a bag of frozen peas)
Teaspoon of Gravy Master
Olive oil (discretionary amounts)
Gravy Master - Liquid Gold
Brown meat and drain fat. Take a large pot and put in a small amount of olive oil. Dice onion and place into bottom of large pot with olive oil, sautee. Once onion is cooked to a golden brown color, add the browned meat, diced carrots, peeled and cubed potatos, tomato sauce and water. Add the Gravy Master to brown the sauce. Cover the pot and cook on medium heat until carrots and potatos soften (~2 to 3 hours). Add peas, cook for 15 more minutes, serve, and enjoy!
Note: The sauce will be thick and will bubble while you cook. If its covered you may not need to add any more water, but you may want to keep an eye on it. Also, stir occasionally to prevent anything from scorching on the bottom.
Tomorrow, I'll post the next recipe!
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Mmmm, sounds like a good Sunday evening winter recipe! I look forward to trying, thanks Jade for donating so we get to enjoy the spoils!
Oh man! My stomach is growling! Thanks TJ!!
How many servings is that? Seems like should be four with 2 lbs meat but the liquids are low. Does your mom double that up usually?
That looks so easy, I'm definitely going to try it. No garlic in there?
Jade, it's a pretty thick dish. You can definitely get more servings out of it depending on how many carrots and potatos you add. My family growing up was four, and this stew did a good job of filling us up. If you pile on the extra potatos, definitely add more water. There is no garlic in this recipe, though you can most certainly add it if you desire.