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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Quick Beef Stew Recipe, Random Stuff, and More

This is the latest in my series on quick, easy, and tasty meals:  

This is being placed here for my own possible records and for others to use if so desired. This is based on recipes online and an interpretation of restaurants that I occasionally frequent. The point of these recipes is to achieve the best taste, in the quickest possible time, at the cheapest possible price. That's why the ingredients are somewhat non-traditional at times. Here's the other thing, it's obvious that they can be altered quickly and easily to suit other core ingredients. Don't be afraid to experiment.

- beef steak (any type/cut of meat suitable for a soup will do)
- Heinz Chunky Beef Stockpot canned soup (or something similar)
- vegetable soup pack (includes any vegetables that may be suitable for a stew type dish. Good examples of this include carrots, celery, onion, potato, etc...)
- soup stock (any flavour will do) or water (optional)
- sugar (optional)
- salt (optional)
- pepper (optional)
- flour (optional)
- tomato sauce/paste/passata (optional)

Dice beef up into rough cubes/blocks. Coat cubes/blocks with flour, salt, pepper, and sugar. Fry off/brown off meat in saucepan. Add stock or water and boil meat (to soften it). Add canned soup to saucepan and boil. Dice vegetables and add to saucepan (put vegetables into microwave to soften them up if you want to speed things up). Add tomato sauce/paste/passata and whatever other spices/herbs that you may like to taste. Boil until vegetables and meat are of suitable texture. Add extra soup or stock if need be. Goes well bread, noodles, pasta, or steamed rice.

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Quick Beef Stew Recipe, Random Stuff, and More

This is the latest in my series on quick, easy, and tasty meals:   http://dtbnguyen.blogspot.com/2017/11/chinese-style-congee-jook-recipe...