A friend of mine at work the other day was heating her lunch in the microwave and boy did it smell good. It was home cooked beef stew. Of course I was swooning over the scent and I had no problem telling her it smelled delicious, so you know what happened next? That lovely lady scooped out some of her lunch and gave me a snack!
That tidbit made me rush home that evening to make my own beef stew. I used a couple of discounted chuck steaks I had in the freezer. I cut them into cubes and browned them in some olive oil. I tossed in some onion and garlic and then I added carrots and frozen peas. I needed a base and I didn’t have any beef broth so I opened a can of mushroom soup and I poured it all into a roasting pan with a lid and heated it at about 350 for 40 minutes. In a separate pot I boiled some potatoes because I like them softened and sometimes when they aren’t soaked while cooking they soften in some places and stay firm in others. So I just quartered them after boiling them for a few minutes and then added them to the rest of my stew.
I won’t say mine was as tasty as my friends, but I will say it was satisfying. And I didn’t break the bank because the chuck steak wasn’t all that expensive.
Tonight we are having the leftovers!