Susan's Harvest Stew

“Make this the day before you need it and re-heat right before serving time. Thanks to Susan Branch ("Autumn") for this wonderful recipe. On the day of serving, prepare your "serving bowl" by baking a hollowed out pumpkin (remove seeds & stringy gunk, scrape as dry as possible); rub outside with veg oil and roast for 20 minutes; fill with hot stew, set lid slightly cocked, and serve! COOKING TIME does NOT include overnight sitting.”
READY IN:
2hrs 35mins
SERVES:
8-10
YIELD:
1 big pot
UNITS:
Metric

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Put bouquet garni ingredients in the center of a square of cheesecloth; set aside.
  2. Pour 1 T of the oil into a hot pot (covered casserole), brown beef quickly over high heat, add more oil as needed; set beef aside.
  3. In same pot, with another tablespoon of oil, cook onion until soft; add garlic & paste; stir & cook 2 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle & stir flour over this, then add broth & wine; stir well to scrape up fond.
  5. Add veggies, meat & bouquet garni; cover & simmer over LOW heat for about 2 hours; stir occasionally.
  6. Taste & season with salt & pepper.
  7. Cool; cover & chill overnight.
  8. Reheat & serve as noted in description (above).

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