Tasty Tuesday

Today’s Tasty Tuesday is one of my favorite winter recipes. I promise this Beef Stew and Herb Dumplings will warm you from the inside out.

Something needed here in the fridge Northern Michigan and most of the country. There is no doubt Mother Nature and Ole Man Winter are in love (yes there is plot bunny lurking there – a world blanketed in frigid temps and snow as Ole Man Winter seduces Mother Nature. He is evil. Mother Nature is under his spell and he keeps the Maiden Spring in a dungeon somewhere… back to the topic of this blog… food.

This stew smells so good while it’s dancing in the pan that you can almost forget how miserable it is out. An ideal winter night is a full steaming bowl of this stew, a book, a fuzzy blanket, and maybe I’d add a glass of wine 😉

Sometimes being 'snowed in' isn't all bad ;) Available NOW from Secret Craving Publishing

Sometimes being ‘snowed in’ isn’t all bad 😉 Available NOW from Secret Craving Publishing

BEEF STEW AND HERB DUMPLINGS ~

What you need:
1 1/2 pounds cubed beef stew meat            1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup butter                                                 1 cup sliced onion

2 cloves garlic, minced                                  2 cups water

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley                     1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper                                      2 cups cubed potatoes

1 1/2 cups diced carrots                           1 cup sliced celery

1/2 cup chopped green pepper               1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

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1 1/2 cups biscuit baking mix                                                           ½ teaspoon garlic

1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning                                                       1/2 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter, melted

What you do…

1. In a bowl, toss cubed beef with flour to coat
2. Heat 4 tablespoons butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Place flour in a bag or bowl, and add beef cubes. Toss to coat with flour. Place coated cubes in the skillet and fry until well-browned on all sides; remove from pan and set aside
3.Cook onion and garlic in same pan until tender. Return meat to pan with water, parsley, salt, pepper, and bay   leaf. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally and adding more water if needed. Stir in potatoes, carrots, celery, and green pepper, and continue cooking another 15 minutes. Remove the bay leaf, and   stir in mushrooms.
4.In a small bowl, mix together baking mix, 3 tablespoons melted butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, and milk until just blended. Drop dough by the tablespoonful into stew. Simmer, uncovered, approximately 10 minutes. Cover, and simmer 10 minutes more, or until dumplings are cooked through, but not dry.

What is your favorite winter food??? Are you reading a great escape book??

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