So here I am sitting in a hotel room in Saint Paul, MN on my third week of training and I figured I would work on a post since I am tired and don't feel like going out tonight. I ordered up some room service, put on my PJs and put on American Gangster. Definitely a relaxing evening!
This is by far my favorite hotel so far during our training period. They put us up in a Residence Inn right beside the Mall of America...Got my own suite and the coolest part is when I came back today housekeeping had organized all my toiletry stuff that I had scattered all over the counter, put my luggage up on one of the folding stands and folded up my brand new Sidney Crosby Team Canada jersey my Canadian friend brought for me. What service! Feeling a little spoiled not going to lie.
I made this beef stew St. Patricks Day weekend and while it was supposed to be kind a themed meal, it didn't really scream St. Pattys Day...but it was still delicious. My secret ingredient?? Dark Chocolate! Paired with the whole grain mustard it was a delicious beef stew. So while the weather still cold and sucky...why not make a delicious beef stew! You'll love it I promise...
Beef StewTotal time: 1.5-2 hours | Yield: 8-10 servings
- 26 oz Beef broth
- 2 Lbs Beef chuck, cubed
- 3 Tbsp Vegetable oil
- 2.5 Tbsp Tomato paste
- 1 Medium sweet onion, diced
- 2 Medium carrots, diced
- 2 Stalks celery, diced
- 10 Crimini mushrooms, diced
- 3 Yellow potatoes, diced
- 2 tsp Thyme leaves
- 100g Dark chocolate
- 2 tsp Black pepper
- 3 Tbsp All-purpose flour
- 3 Tbsp Whole grain mustard
- 3 Tbsp Butter
- Sear meat in bottom of pressure cooker until all sides are very dark. Then remove.
- Add tomato paste and sear until dark. Add a small amount of water, and scrape away all the good bits at the bottom.
- Add beef stock, then add meat back to pressure cooker. Pressure cook for 45 minutes.
- Relieve pressure. Strain broth into a separate container and let it settle for a few minutes to separate fat.
- While the broth is settling, remove meat from pressure cooker and pull into smaller pieces.
- Skim fat off the surface of the broth, and return to pressure cooker. Boil off the liquid on high heat until completely evaporated. Then, add flour. Cook until dark, and then add all remaining broth.
- Add vegetables, bay leaf, salt, and pepper, and cook gently until tender.
- Once the vegetables are cooked, return pulled meat to pot and keep at a low simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Once the stew has simmered for about 20 minutes and all flavors have developed, add thyme, mustard, dark chocolate, and butter. Mix well.
- Add fresh parsley last. If making in advance to serve later, add the parsley just before service.