I always felt like beef stew was a version of a dish I grew up on in Tobago that we called Chicken Stroganoff. Now if you Google chicken stroganoff like I did, the images that appeared looks NOTHING like what we called it. We basically had a one pot of stewed chicken with dumplings and vegetables.
I seasoned up my beef with my own seasoning that I made and keep stored in the fridge. It makes things so much easier. I just take a spoon of it (or more depending on the amount of meat) and throw it in there. I also add salt if needed. I left that on the side to marinate for a while.
I then added sugar to my pot to "brown". I do not like using browning in the bottle. I always get it wrong and the worse thing is to put too much and spoil the taste of the dish. So I put my sugar in a heavy pot and police it for about 10 minutes to ensure that I get my "browned" sugar and not burnt beyond use sugar.
To brown sugar I add a tablespoon of oil to the bottom of my cast iron put at medium heat. I then sprinkle about a tablespoon of brown sugar on the bottom and leave it to "brown".
And it starts to bubble
And comes to a rolling boil, and before it starts to BURN
I then add my meat
And let the meat rest in the browning for a little bit then I stir it up and let it sit for a little. Then it's on to the cooking of the stew and adding the dumplings. You can also add potatoes to this dish.
Beef Stew with Dumplings
- 1 tbsp Oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp Sugar
- 1 lb Beef (cubed and seasoned)
- 1/2 cup Onion (sliced)
- 1/2 tsp soy sauce Soy Sauce
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- Dumplings (Recipe listed below)
- In a heavy skillet heat pan, heat oil, add sugar and allow to burn until brown
- Add beef and ensure it is coated in sugar. Cook for about 10 mins (stirring continuously)
- Add onions, garlic and continue cooking.
- Add soy sauce, bay leaves, salt.
- Bring to boil, then reduce heat and cover. Simmer till meat is tender.
- Make dumplings and add into stew
- Cover and simmer for another 15 minutes
- 1 cup Flour
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- Combine flour, water and salt. Mixture should be soft enough to be dropped from spoon. (Add more water or more flour if needed)