I wish I could say I’m always super prepared and organized when entering the grocery store. Most of the time I just try to get in and get out with some semblance of enough ingredients to put together meals for the week.
But many times, my worst grocery store trips yield the best recipes. Necessity breeds innovation, right?
On my latest trip to Trader Joe’s, I threw in a package of stew meat for no other reason than it was on sale. I usually always have some form of onion and potatoes on hand, and decided the meat would make a simple French stew. Hey, when all else fails, cook it in red wine.
Here’s a simplified version of a classic French stew that I came up with when I had nothing else to make for dinner!
You will need:
1 package stew meat
½ cup flour
½ onion, diced or 1 shallot, thinly sliced
5 red potatoes, diced
1 ½ cups beef broth
½ bottle of red wine
optional: carrots or peas, cheese and green onions for garnish
What to do:
Heat up a large pot with a bit of butter or olive oil. Season the meat liberally with salt and pepper, then lightly coat it in the flour. Place the chunks into the hot pot, searing each side for about two minutes.
Once the meat is seared, throw in your onion or shallots, the red wine and beef broth. Cover and allow to simmer for about an hour.
Once the stew has simmered, toss in potatoes and any other veggies you’d like. Cover and allow to simmer for another 30 – 40 minutes.
It’s ready! Dish out a hearty portion into your favorite bowl and garnish with a few spring onions or cheese.