Beef Stew

This hot beef stew comes from "The Ski House Cookbook"; chances are good it will warm you up after some time out in the snow.

RECIPE: Chunky Beef Stew Serves 6

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 to 5 pounds beef chuck, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 1/2 -inch cubes

2 medium yellow onions, cut into 1-inch dice

4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

one 6-ounce can tomato paste

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons soy sauce

one 16-ounce can low-sodium chicken broth

2 bay leaves

6 large red potatoes (about 2 pounds)

3 to 4 large carrots (about 1 1/2 pounds)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

1 cup frozen peas, thawed

Adjust the oven racks to accommodate a Dutch oven or large covered pot. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Generously salt and pepper the beef. Brown the meat, in stages, so as not to crowd the pan. Each batch should take about 10 minutes.

Remove the browned beef to a plate and add the onions to the pot. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the onions begin to brown. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste, flour and soy sauce and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broth and scrape any browned meat bits off the bottom and sides of the pan.

Return the beef to the pot, add the bay leaves and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and place in the oven. Set the oven timer for 6 hours.

Chop the potatoes and carrots into 1 1/2 -inch cubes. Pile the vegetables into the smallest covered baking dish that will accommodate them. Drizzle the olive oil over the vegetables, sprinkle the thyme and rosemary on top, and stir to coat. Cover and place in the oven.

After 6 hours, remove the meat and vegetables from the oven. Stir the peas into the stew. Divide the vegetables among 6 shallow bowls. Discard the bay leaves. Ladle the beef stew over the vegetables and serve hot.

From "The Ski House Cookbook"

Per serving: 938 calories, 65 grams protein, 50 grams fat, 17 grams saturated fat, 56 grams carbohydrate, 9 grams fiber, 187 milligrams cholesterol, 699 milligrams sodium

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