I love beef stew. It’s easy and when cooked well, the beef is tender and it is oh so comforting.
This beef stew recipe reminds me of the holidays because my SO’s family makes a similar stew every nocha buena.
I had stew meat so I thought, let’s make xmas in March. Enjoy!
Filippino Beef Stew
- 1.5 lb stew meat, cut into 2″ cubes
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 lemon juice
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 12 baby red and Yukon potatoes, size of large marbles (fewer cut into smalle pieces is fine)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1.5 cup tomato purée
- 2 cup beef stock (extra if needed)
- 2 TBSP fish sauce
- Cracked pepper
- Canola oil
Marinate beef with soy sauce and lemon juice for 30 mins.
Heat 1-2 TBSP canola oil and brown garlic. Set aside.
Brown meat in batches. Reserve marinade.
Cook onion with all the beef until onion is wilted. Add fish sauce and cook for 2 mins. Add in the tomato purée, 1 cup of broth, reserved marinade, red bell pepper, garlic and oil and bay leaves. Bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 45 mins. Checking to stir 2-3 times adding broth if it gets too thick.
Test meat at 45 min mark. It most likely needs to cook for another 30-45 mins to easily pull apart with a fork. Add in broth when necessary.
Once the meat is tender, add in the potatoes and carrots and cook until tender, 20 mins.
Serve over rice with cracked pepper.
One of my favorite discoveries in the past year was Sakara. It’s a meal program that inspired my cooking creativity just by taste.
Their Pink Mylk is one of my favorites over granola and freeze dried strawberries.
- 1 Tbsp powdered Pitaya or Dragon Fruit powder
- 2 shakes of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp Himalayan sea salt
- 2 Tbsp Manuka honey
- 2/3 cup oat milk
Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously. Serve over nut granola topped with shredded coconut and freeze dried strawberries.
Stop what you’re doing and make this NOW! Make it as a weekend snack. Serve it with margaritas. Bring it to your friends’ house in a fondue pot and be forever more, the most invited person to every eating event ever.
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Best Queso Ever (Bob Armstrong Dip)
Ingredients for the taco meat:
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 bell pepper. seeded and diced
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
- 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Pinch of cayenne
Ingredients for the chile con queso:
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
- 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 pound American cheese, shredded
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, diced
- Sour cream and guacamole for garnishing
- Tortilla chips, for serving
To make the taco meat, in a large skillet heat the oil on medium-low heat and add the bell pepper, jalapeño, and onion. While stirring occasionally, cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 more seconds.
Add the ground beef to the skillet, along with the cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir until everything is well combined and then cook the ground beef for 15 more minutes, or until browned. Taste and adjust seasonings. Turn off the heat and drain any excess grease.
To make the queso, in a saucepot heat the oil on medium-low heat and add the jalapeño and onion. While stirring occasionally, cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 more seconds.
Leaving on the heat, stir in the cumin, black pepper, and cornstarch until the dry ingredients are well combined with the vegetables. Pour in the chicken broth and while stirring cook until the sauce has thickened, which should happen in a couple of minutes.
Turn the heat down to low and working in batches, slowly stir in a handful of the cheese. After it’s melted into the sauce, repeat the process until all the cheese is added. Stir in the tomatoes, adjust seasonings, and add salt to taste.
This makes a lot of queso. To keep it hot and reduce the “skin” from forming, serve in a fondue pot. To assemble, layer along the bottom of the dish the taco meat, then pour in the queso and then top with the guacamole and sour cream. Serve warm with chips
This cookie recipe never fails me. It’s so good and never lasts more than a couple days in the cookie jar. Make some with nuts and others without and tell me which ones you prefer.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Credit to Smitten Kitchen again!
- 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (120 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) (115 grams) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch (1cm) pieces
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/4 cups (175 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups (200 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup (130 grams) pecans, toasted and chopped (optional)
Adjust the oven rack to the top third of the oven and preheat to 300F (150C).
Line three baking sheets with parchment paper.
Beat the sugars and butters together until smooth. Mix in the egg, vanilla, and baking soda.
Stir together the flour and salt, then mix them into the batter. Mix in the chocolate chips and nuts if you’re including.
Scoop the cookie dough into 2-tablespoon (5cm) balls and place 8 balls, spaced 4 inches (10cm) apart, on each of the baking sheets.
Bake for 18 minutes, or until pale golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
I’ve refrigerated cookie dough balls to cook later (these are delicious freshly baked). They worked out great and just require that you bring them to room temp before baking.
This is a great sandwich for parties. The briny olive salad cuts through the rich provolone and fatty salami. And ham, I mean, come on!!
These are French rolls made by Safeway and they’re perfect since they don’t get soggy but aren’t too crunchy. Your belly and the roof of your mouth will thank you.
Party Sandwiches (Mufalettas)
- Olive salad (see below)
- 1 lb of thinly sliced salami
- 1 lb of thinly sliced ham (I like Boarshead)
- 1/2 lb of sliced provolone
- 3 packs of Safeway French rolls (4 in each) or other
- 1 cup green pimento olives, chopped
- 1/2 cup Kalmata olives, chopped
- 1/4 cup capers, chopped
- 2 carrots, minced
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp dried oregano
Mix it all together.
Assemble sandwiches with 2 heaping tablespoons of olive salad, 1 piece of provolone, 3 slices of ham and about 6-8 slices of salami.
Cut and serve with a side of giardiniera pickled veggies.
The husband loved this dish. I think mostly because it was made of leftovers but totally remade. We had some ziti that was cooked for meat sauce and we had the beer can chicken leftovers. Luckily, we had milk, Parmesan, chicken broth, garlic and some mozzarella too.
I cooked 2 cloves of minced garlic with 3 Tbsp of unsalted butter. Then I added 1 Tbsp of flour and cooked it a bit. Then, I added 1/4 cup of chicken broth and about a cup of milk, a good pinch of salt and a couple shakes of dried oregano. I let it cook until it thickened a bit. I then added freshly grated Parmesan.
In a pie dish, I layered cooked pasta then cooked cubed chicken, then a sprinkling of mozzarella, finished with more cooked pasta and dumped the sauce over all of it. I added a bit more Parmesan and then popped it uncovered in a 375 degree oven for about 17 mins.
I let it sit for 10 mins before serving.
You can add other stuff to. I think some red pepper flakes would be good or cooked mushrooms. My kiddos don’t like either so, it was made just as I said above.