I think I’ve gone a solid month without eating red meat. The unbearable heat (over 40 C) and the lack of time to plan a proper meal made me completely forget that my body actually needs to be properly taken care of.
Last Saturday I finally had time to spend a few hours in the kitchen and cook and I decided to make myself something a bit special. When it comes to meat, beef stew is one of the thing I like eating the most. It’s very time consuming but the result, the tenderness of the meat and it’s delicious smell makes it all worth it.
This time I’ve made a Mediterranean version, with bell peppers, tomatoes and capers…yummy! Here is the recipe.
Ingredients (serves 2):
- 350 g beef cubes
- 3 bell peppers (one red, one yellow, one green)
- 2 cups beef broth
- salt, pepper
- 1 tsp. Italian herb mix
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. capers
- 1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
- 2/3 cup white wine
- 1 tbsp. tomato paste
Grab you beef cubes
and pat them dry
In a French oven heat up 1 tbsp. of olive oil. When nice and warm add the beef and brown it on both sides by moving it around. Do this on medium-high heat so that it will get a nice color on the outside without releasing too much water.
Remove from the pan and set aside
Look at all that flavor left on the bottom of the pan. In order to get it all out we need to deglaze it by pouring some white wine and scraping it out using a wooden spoon, and then letting the wine reduce.
Once you are done with that, move the beef back into your French oven, add 1 tbsp. of tomato paste, Italian herb mix, salt, pepper then cover it all up with the beef broth. Cover with a lid and let the stew simmer for about 2 hours.
In the meantime grill the bell peppers, then remove their skin and cut them into strips
When the beef is nice and tender and the juice has reduced
add bell peppers, capers and chopped fresh parsley into the French oven, stir it around, cover again with the lid and cook for 15-20 more minutes on low
Your Mediterranean beef stew is now ready!
Serve it up with steamed rice or some grilled garlic French bread.
I love every bite of it!