Because we had some unusually chilly days here in the Phoenix area and my sous-chef (aka Hubby) was a around a little extra this past weekend, we decided to go with the beef stew for our first December recipe.
First of all, we had to buy a dutch oven cause we didn't have one. (I used a roasting pan to make the roast chicken a few weeks ago, but didn't feel like I had an appropriate dish for this recipe.) After shopping online a bit, I decided to go with one from Sam's Club ... I think it was around $50 for a 6.5 qt incase anyone is in the market for one.
I chopped veggies and worked on other aspects of the recipe while my Hubby got banished to the other side of the kitchen with the bloody meat. There is no way in the world I could've made this recipe without him ... too much handling of meat for me!! We opted to make our beef daube without any of the alcohol and replaced it all with a nice beef broth. My stew may have turned-out more water-y/runny, but it was still delish.
I served my stew to my family with leftover Thanksgiving mashed potatoes, which was a perfect go-along. I was worried that I didn't have enough gravy leftover, but I don't know if anyone even touched the gravy cause there was enough broth in the soup ... I just plopped my potatoes right into my stew. I also had some homemade rolls in the freezer that I hadn't quite baked all the way, so my daughter got those out and helped me finish baking them. The rolls were great with the recipe as well!
If you like pot roast or love meat, this is a great recipe for you to try! If I were to make it again, I'd add more veggies ... maybe some more carrots, a few potatoes, some celery, etc. My only complaint about the recipe was when we had leftovers the next day, one of the herb flavors (I couldn't tell if it was the rosemary or thyme or both) had become too strong for my tastes.
For the month of December, we get to choose the order that we want to cook or bake each of the December recipes. It's fun to see what everyone else chooses to do for the week and to see their results. If you'd like to see what everyone else has done this week, go HERE.