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    Default Help with perfect beef stew

    Hi --thats supposed to say BEEF

    my father in law passed away Friday, the service is Tuesday and after the service i wanted to have a meal for everyone

    my plan is beef stew, rice, a meat tray that was donated, rolls and peach cobbler

    my stews are not always excellent and i dont want any problems..im thinking i will be feeding 10-15 people

    my plan is to cook two roast the night before in the crockpot to tender them and then add to a big pot and have fresh carrots, potatoes and celery and some beef stew packets but i dont know how much of how much

    i have a silver pot thats talls...i guess i need a whole pack celery and carrots and half a bag of potatoes? and 2-3 packets of the stew seasoning?

    i have dry yeast i would love to make perfect rolls the night before if anyone give me a easy excellent recipe. i have tried a few but they didnt turn out

    thanks in advance

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    I like this one:

    http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/...tonomy_kw=beef stew

    Don't let the lemon juice scare you. I skip the little cocktail onions. You already have a whole onion cut up in it.

    I would triple this for 10-15 people.
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    When I was in the convent I lived with some Italian sisters who were awesome cooks. They always made their wonderful rich broth with both beef and chicken, something I would never have thought of. So when I make beef stew I often add some chicken broth to it, not enough to make it "chicken-y" but to enrich the flavor a bit.
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    I got a perfect recipe for ya. You can cook it in a large pot and transfer it to a slow cooker if it'll be easier to carry.

    http://www.kraftcanada.com/en/recipe...tew-90392.aspx

    I make this and I add extra bacon. It's delicious.

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    chix and beef brother do make it very rich. try adding some v-8 (spicy) small cann....it adds another depth of flavor and it also full of vitamins!

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    don't have a beef stew receipe. Just wanted to say I'm sorry for your loss. It is really hard to lose a parent.

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    This is a great recipe. Forget the stew seasoning packets. It looks like a lot of ingredients but it is all basic stuff. I have found you can play fast and loose with this and still have a good stew (ie if you have extra tomato paste, or want to use a cup of tomato juice instead, or add more carrot, etc). Do use the red wine, it adds wonderful depth of flavor.

    http://www.recipeview.com/recipe/91687

    The grated carrot and celery break down and give you a lovely velvety thick texture. You can do it in a food chopper.

    I usually skip the "vegetable garnish" part, and cut them up the traditional way and either add them halfway, or cook them separately and drop them in about 10 minutes before serving. I like to do the veg separate so I can control how mushy stuff gets. I also take my stick blender, push the meat aside and give it a few pulses to smooth out the sauce before I put the larger cut pieces in.
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    I like to take dried mushrooms and grind them up into a powder. Add to crockpot in the beginning with everything else. It seems to add more depth in flavor. Your meal sounds wonderful.

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    Contrary Housewife, I agree about the red wine. I haven't had any for a long time, but it does indeed do wonderful things to beef stew. Need to get a bottle because beef stew/soup is a favorite dish.
    Donna

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