It's the most wonderful time of the year...to celebrate the Holiday season and the coming New Year with those closest to you. From informal cocktail and dessert parties to sit down formal dinners, to buying the perfect hostess gift, we have 12 great recommendations that are all affordable, impressive, but ultimately delicious wines that everyone will enjoy. We wish you all a joyful Holiday Season and Happy New Year. Cheers to good health, happiness, and amazing food and wine!
Use a crock pot or slow cooker hearty beef stew for cooking. It'll use less electricity and won't heat up your kitchen too much (overheating can make your air conditioner work harder).
Peel and dice your sweet potatoes. Wash all your vegetables Cut up your mushrooms, dice your celery, peel and slice up your carrots, and mince your garlic (if you don't have a garlic mincer, just cut up your cloves with a knife). Cut your beef chuck into 1/2 inch cubes and marinate them with your spices (Vegeta, thyme, parsley, salt, and pepper). The picture above shows how I prep everything into containers.
We all know, for example, that using fresh vegetables and other healthy ingredients can really add to the general vitality of our family. But when it comes to finding enough time to spare to get these healthy meals cooked, it sometime seems a lot easier just to settle for a quick, convenience meal.
There's nothing wrong with that philosophy and if you must I recommend Dinty Moore's tray meals which do not require refrigeration, heat in the micro in ninety seconds and are delicious. Especially the Dinty Moore beef stew which I revere. Please, Hormel, jar that gravy!
Getting home slow cooker beef bourguignon to a hot meal which is all ready to eat is wonderful. That is why crockpots were all the rage when they were launched and why they are enjoying a renewed popularity now.
A combination cooking method is needed so that I can be a guest at the party, and still serve perfectly cooked side dishes beef stew red wine dinner. Steaming and shocking the beans will allow me to later warm them in butter with toasted almonds. This will take only seconds, and allow me to return to the meal with friends.
Simmer stew on high for one hour. Turn cooker to low setting and simmer two more hours. When meat is fork-tender thicken stew with three tablespoons of gravy flour blended with an equal amount of water. Add more thickening if needed. Serve as chunky soup with French bread, or over rice, or on wide noodles garnished with fresh parsley. Makes 6-8 servings.