I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Calphalon. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
It’s cold and rainy at our house today, which I love as much as sun and warmth. I think it’s probably because I prefer to be warm, and in the Fall and Winter, I’m usually wrapped up in a blanket or something else cozy. I probably keep myself at about 80 degrees all year. LOL! Regardless of my level of warmth comfort, there’s something so soothing and warming to the food soul about having a delicious and hearty beef stew, so that’s what my husband cooked up for us today and I’m sharing his recipe with you!
My husband did all the food prep with our new Calphalon Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set, which he loves. That’s important to me because he’s a great cook, which means I reap the benefits of his kitchen tool happiness. If there’s one thing he’s always said to me whenever I complain that I can’t make something turn out the way I want, it is that the tools matter. Knives being sharp, well balanced and comfortable is essential in our kitchen and in the kitchen of anyone who loves to cook. That’s why they make awesome gifts!
We’re loving that this Calphalon set is self sharpening. How cool is that? It has SharpIN Technology where ceramic sharpeners are built into the slots of the stainless steel part of each storage block. They automatically sharpen knives with every use, each time a knife is removed or replaced. Plus, they’re automatically sharpened at the correct angle.
So, why am I showing you carrots? Because my husband knows lots of kitchen techniques, and was pretty surprised that the Calphalon Knife Skills site taught him something new, but it did! According to their carrot video, cutting carrots in an oblique cut is perfect for soups and stews. Who knew? It really did make a difference to our stew! They cooked more evenly and (in my opinion didn’t get all mushy) like they did when we just cut them straight. Also, the 7″ Santoku knife is great for this.
Here’s the carrot video we watched. Don’t stop there though. (There’s a pun coming…) Sharpen up your skills (there it is) with Calphalon’s knife skills videos. Seriously, they’re so good! They have to-the-point (wow, a pun and I wasn’t even trying) videos for a variety of different foods. I was impressed and grateful. I mean, my husband’s knife skills are good but mine could use say…all the videos.
Here’s the stew cooking! One of the best things about this recipe is that it provides several meals, well depending on your household size. We have two teenage boys at home and we still had plenty of leftovers. Yay to having a meal ready for later, right?!
Hearty Beef Stew
- 2 1/2 lbs meat for stew cut into 1 1/2” cubes
- 2 Tbs oil
- 2 medium onions chopped
- 1 clove of garlic minced
- 5 medium potatoes cubed
- 4 cups of beef broth or water with 4 beef-bouillon cubes
- 1 lbs of carrots chopped (see knife skills video)
- 1 tsp of pepper
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 Tbs of dried thyme
- 3 Tbs of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbs lemon juice
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 lb frozen peas
- 1/2 cup of flour
- cold water to mix with flour to thicken
- In a large pot, add oil and coat the bottom of the pan.
- Heat for 1 min, then add stew meat and brown.
- Once the meat is browned, add carrots and cook (stirring constantly) for 2 – 3 min.
- Add garlic and onions and cook for another 2 min being careful not to burn the garlic.
- Add the beef broth (or water with dissolved beef-bouillon cubes), lemon juice (helps tenderize the meat), bay leaves and Worcestershire sauce.
- Stir and let heat for 5 min.
- Add potatoes, salt pepper and dried thyme, stir and bring to a hard boil.
- Turn heat down to simmer (low) and cover.
- Cook for 2 – 2 1/2 hours stirring occasionally.
- Add frozen peas and bring back to a boil, turn heat back to simmer and cook for another 15 – 20 min.
- To thicken, whisk cold water into the 1/2 cup of flour until it is about the consistency of heavy cream.
- Bring the stew back to a boil and slowly add the flour mixture to the stew in 1/4 cup increments.
- Stir constantly, adding flour mixture and checking consistency until desired thickness is achieved.
- Turn heat back down to simmer for 5 more min, stir and enjoy.
What’s your favorite cold weather meal to make?