1 herb bouquet (4 sprigs parsley, 2 sprigs thyme, 1 bay leaf)
1pound fresh white mushrooms, quartered
Simmer bacon in 4 cups water for 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry.Preheat oven to 450°F. In a large dutch oven, sauté the bacon in 1 tablespoon of oil for about 3 minutes, until it starts to lightly brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Dry the beef in paper towels for better browning. In batches, sear the beef on all sides in the Dutch oven. Set aside with the bacon.
Back in the pot, add the sliced carrots and onions; sauté in fat until browned, about 3 minutes. If there's any excess fat, drain. Add the bacon and beef back to the pot. Season with 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper. Toss. Sprinkle with flour and toss once more. Place in the center of the oven for 4 minutes.
Remove pot from oven; toss beef and place back in the oven for 4 more minutes. Remove the pot from the oven and reduce the heat to 325°F. To the pot add the wine and stock. The liquid should barely cover the meat and vegetables. Add the tomato paste, garlic and thyme.
Bring to a light simmer on the stove, then cover and simmer in the lower part of the oven for 3 to 4 hours, or until the meat is easily pierced
I love the tastes of the Middle East and North Africa. I love the tastes of many cultures, as a matter of fact, but having been in the Air Force, stationed in Cairo, Egypt, during Desert Storm, my love for the exotic started there. Several years ago, a friend bought a tajine and made Moroccan Chicken. I fell in love with that dish. I make it all the time and it is even the face of my business cards.
In early May, a very nice family in Owasso asked me to make a themed, exotic dinner in appreciation for his sales team. He liked the pictures of the Moroccan Chicken on the website and asked me to make that and to provide a beef dish as well. After a little research, I found this recipe on epicurious.com It had the same flavor profiles as the chicken, but was more like a stew with fresh carrots, Kalamata Olives and chickpeas.
This is so simple to make and you cook it as you would a stew. A nice simmering boil for a about an hour made all the difference. I serve this over rice with Naan and hummus then top it with fresh cilantro. Enjoy!
1 3/4 pounds beef tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 large onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 cups beef broth
1/2 cup halved pitted Kalamata olives
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon orange peel
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. Working in batches, add beef to pan and brown on all sides, about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer to plate. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, onion, carrot, and garlic to pan. Cook until vegetables are soft, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Add spices; stir 1 minute. Add broth, olives, raisins, garbanzo beans, and cilantro; bring to boil. Simmer until juices thicken, about 10 minutes. Add beef and any accumulated juices and lemon peel to pan. Stir to warm through and serve.
chile-garlic sauce (optional, but highly recommended)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place beef bones on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 1 hour. Place bones, onion, garlic, ginger, salt, star anise, cinnamon stick and fish sauce in a large stockpot and cover with 4 quarts of water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer on low for 4 to 6 hours. Strain the broth into a saucepan and set aside.
Cook rice noodles according to package directions. Bring stock to a small boil. Divide noodles among 4 serving bowls; top with pork belly and shrimp. Pour hot broth over the top.
Serve with bean sprouts, Thai basil, cilantro, green onion, jalapeno, lime wedges, hoisin sauce, and chile-garlic sauce on the side.
1 1/2 pounds cubed round steak, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, sliced
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 can beef broth
1 can cream of mushroom soup
Salt and black pepper
1 cup sour cream
Cooked egg noodles
Season the steak with salt and pepper, then dust with flour. In a large skillet, quickly brown them on both sides in the olive oil and butter. Remove the steak from the pan. Add the onion slices and mushrooms to the pan drippings. Saute for a few minutes, until the onion is tender. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon flour. Put the steak back into the pan with the onion and mushrooms. Add the mushroom soup and beef broth. Cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, covered. Adjust seasoning to taste, adding salt and pepper, as needed. Stir in the sour cream the last few minutes, right before you serve. Serve over cooked noodles.