Guess what I just found in the very back of my freezer? A package of beef stew meat. I don't think I've ever made beef stew in my life. But for some reason, when I was pregnant with Callie, I thought I should stock-up on every kind of food imaginable. So I bought a package of beef stew meat. It's funny to think back on the things I did while "nesting!" Even today, I still have extra packages of ziplock bags, Windex, canned goods, and frozen _______ (you guess it?).
As I was saying, I've never made beef stew. My mom never made beef stew. We just weren't that kind of family. So I'm going to try it, but would like to find a recipe with a little twist. I've searched on epicurious.com for some out-of-the-ordinary beef stew recipes. Here are my top contenders. Help me choose which one to make.
1. Irish Beef Stew. So I guess this is pretty much the classic recipe, but it sounds better with the word "Irish" in it. It has tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce, so that might give it a little extra kick.
2. Beef Stew with Curry and Lemongrass. I love, love, love lemongrass, but have yet to cook with it. And I do really like curry as well. However, I'm not sure about combining these things into a beef stew? This one sounds pretty different, and it's served over rice. Hmm.
3. Tuscan Beef Stew with Polenta. Sounds interesting, and I like the fact that it's served with polenta (another thing I like but have yet to make at home). It sounds like the flavor might be from the tomatoes and red wine. Can you make polenta with regular cornmeal?
4. West Indian Beef Stew. This recipe is from a restaurant in the West Indies. The interesting ingredients are dark rum and green olives, with tomatoes and a little sugar. It's also served over steamed white rice.
5. Swedish Sailor's Beef Stew. This one caught my attention because I married a Swedish boy. Sounds kind of weird though...the main ingredient is 3 cups of beer!
6. Ranchero Beef Stew. A Spanish twist with green olives and green chilis, served over rice or pasta.
7. Moroccan Beef Stew. Cinnamon, cumin, kalamata olives and garbanzo beans. Served over couscous. I've had this kind of stew before and really liked it.
Okay, so I need to make a decision. Which recipe sound I try?