Every January when the weather gets cold and the days are short, my mind always goes to comfort food. This morning I made a nice big pot of Lentil Soup from the the left over ham hock from Christmas. Oh my goodness- the house smells so good, and I wanted to have a bowl for breakfast:)
We had a wonderful gathering for New Year’s Eve, and we served one of my specialities during the holiday- Beef Bourguignon with Chestnuts. Check out a previous blog for the details. It was a huge success, and we enjoyed the leftovers last night with our neighbor. It basically is a beef stew with a few extra steps that make it more then worthwhile and a perfect winter meal with french bread. Recipe to follow:
- 2½ pounds beef stew meat
- 1½ pounds mushrooms
- 6 slices of bacon- diced
- 1 pound small white onions
- 2 medium carrots sliced thick
- 2 medium celery stalks, sliced thick
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 beef bouillon cube
- 1 pound of chestnuts, boiled 3 minutes and peeled
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 1¼ cup water
- ¼ cup water
- 1 Tablespoon parsley
- In a 5 quart Dutch Oven over medium heat, add 2 Tablespoons olive oil and add beef in batches- turning so that each side is nicely browned. Set aside. In the meat drippings cook the mushrooms for 5 minutes. Remove. In the same pan cook the bacon, onions, carrots and celery until browned- stirring frequently. Stir in the wine, sugar, salt, pepper, bouillon and 1¼ cup water. Return meat to the pan over high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 1½ hours or until meat is almost tender. When the meat is ready stir in the chestnuts and mushrooms until meat is tender. Skim off any fat. Stir in ¼ cup water with flour and mix well. Gradually add the flour mixture into the stew. Sprinkle with parsley. We like to serve with either rice or buttered noodles.
- 4 cups whole cranberries
- 2 cups dried apricots, chopped
- 1 cup orange juice
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2½ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Heat slowly to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Simmer for an hour, cool and store in refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
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