Italian Style Beef Stew

Italian Style Beef Stew 12

9. What does that number signify? The number of pounds I have lost this year? I wish. The number of Manolo’s in my closet? Nope. The number of pieces of chocolate cake I have eaten today? Close, but not quite. No, 9 is the high today. As in degrees. The high. Fahrenheit. 9!! Seriously, if it weren’t for the pizza and hot dogs I would NOT be living in Chicago! In fact I may just be ordering myself some Lou Malnati’s pizza tonight. I’ll have it delivered. Thank. You. Very. Much.

As much as I hate living with these frigid winter temps, it gives me an excuse to eat things like Italian style beef stew. If I lived in a climate that was 80 degrees year round would I crave stew and other comfort foods? Probably not. Especially since I would probably be wearing a bathing suit far more than I could here. Even though I hate the cold, I am happy to counter the freezing temps with stews, soups, and hot chocolate. This is a recipe that Cliff selected and it is a winner. I made a few adjustments, but we all really enjoyed it. Perfect for those freezing cold days when you can’t even bear to leave the house.

Here is what you'll need

Here is what you’ll need

Cube the meat

Cube the meat

Season generously with salt and pepper. Allow to dry.

Blot the meat dry. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Soak the mushrooms in water

Soak the mushrooms in water

Brown the proscuitto and remove from pot

Brown the proscuitto and remove from pot

Brown the meat on all sides and remove from pot

Brown the meat on all sides and remove from pot

Add the chopped vegetables and brown

Add the chopped vegetables and herbs and brown

Add the mushrooms and wine

Add the mushrooms and wine

Add the reserved mushroom liquid

Add the reserved mushroom liquid

Return the beef to the pot and cook for 2.5 hours

Return the beef to the pot with the tomatoes and cook for 2.5 hours

Add in the pearl onions

Add in the pearl onions

Can you imagine anything better on a 9 degree day?

Can you imagine anything better on a 9 degree day?

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