Beef and Green Olive Stew
- 1 1/2 pounds beef for stew, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried fennel seeds
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 (14 to 14 1/2 ounce) can ready-to-serve beef broth
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can garlic-seasoned diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 (7 ounce) jar green olives with pimentos, drained
- Combine flour, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Reserve 1 tablespoon flour mixture. Lightly coat beef with remaining flour mixture.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in stock pot over medium heat. Brown beef in batches; adding additional 1 tablespoon oil as necessary. Set aside.
- Add onions, oregano and fennel seeds to stock pot; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until onions begin to soften.
- Add wine to pot; increase heat to medium-high. Cook and stir for 1 minute or until browned bits attached to pot are dissolved. Stir in beef broth, tomatoes, tomato paste and reserved flour mixture. Return beef to pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer for 1 3/4 hours or until beef is fork-tender.
- Stir in olives. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until olives are heated through.
- Serve with mashed potatoes.
Yield: 6 servings
Recipe and photo used with permission from:
Cattlemens Beef Board and National Cattlemen's Beef Association