Thursday, March 6, 2014

Beef Stew ~ Comfort Food ~ Gluten Free

Beef Stew  ~  Comfort Food ~ This Recipe is Gluten Free. If you are not Gluten Free use Regular Flour and Regular Beef Stock/Base.

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Beef Stew  ~  Comfort Food

I made a very large Pot of Stew. You can cut this recipe to half.

In a Large Pot: coat the bottom with Oil and heat to medium high.
I used:
3# Boneless Beef Chuck for Stew
Place the meat in a large bowl, Sprinkle to taste with
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Lightly coat with Gluten Free Brown or White Rice Flour
Brown the Beef. It will not be fully cooked at this point.
Remove from the Heat and place in a large bowl or baking pan.

I am half Portuguese and my Mom always put Chourico a Hot Portuguese Sausage in her Beef Stew and Pot Roast. This is optional.
Cut the Chourico in half. Place in a small Pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Then simmer for 15 Minutes. This helps remove the Fat. Then slice the Chourico into bite size pieces. Add the Chourico to the Beef Pan.

Using the same pan you browned the Beef in, add a little Oil if needed and heat to medium high. Add:
1 Large Onion Chopped
1 Large package of Button Mushrooms Sliced
Cook until the Onions and Mushrooms are done.
At the last minute add Minced Garlic to taste. Cook for 1 Minute.
Add both the Beef and Chourico to the Pan, mix with the Onions, Mushrooms and Garlic.
Turn the Burner up to High.
Deglaze the Pan with 1 Cup of Red Wine, I used Burgundy. Wine is Optional but it gives the stew a great taste. Cook the wine off.

Add 9 -10 Cups of Gluten Free Beef Stock/Base (I started with 6 Cups but added more later use as much Stock as you prefer) I used Kitchen Basic Gluten Free Stock. Link below.
Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2 hours. Check the Beef, it should be nice and tender.

Add to your taste:
Baby Carrots
Chopped Celery
Dried Parsley
Cook for about 30 minutes.
I used Baby Red Potatoes,,, use any Potatoes of your choice.
Cut the Potatoes into bite size pieces. Add to the Stew and Cook until all vegetables are done.

To thicken the Stew, I made a Cornstarch Slurry.
In a small bowl using a fork mix together Cornstarch and water.
Pour into the Pan and gently mix the Slurry in. Make the Stew as thick of as Thin as you like.

I often times add Froze Peas to my Soup right at the end. They cook in a matter of minutes in the Hot Stew.

Kitchen Basic Gluten Free Beef Stock:

Gasper Portuguese Chourico:

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