Only 139 Days Until Spring…Stew’s On!!!!Soups / November 2, 2015
Yes. I know. I skipped it all. The turkey and dressing, the blow-up Santas on the front lawn, the mad dash to return gifts, and the kiss with a stranger on New Year’s Eve. I also realize, now that it is November 2nd, that I will most likely hear Jingle Bell Rock 125 times before the season is over. I’m braced for it.
Sure, I love the holidays, but why does it have to happen during the cold months? Shivering is just not any fun, and the lyrics, “The Horse Knows the Way, To Carry the Sleigh…” strikes a chord of misery for me. Perhaps that’s why for Halloween — the first night of the year when you truly realize SUMMER. IS. OVER. — I decided to feature a nice HOT bowl of stew.
This recipe came together so well, and was so perfectly seasoned and balanced, it almost made me smile as I navigated the neighborhood for candy while wearing long johns. Given that, I will show you step by step, how to make my delicious Moroccan Beef Stew over Saffron Rice for yourself. Grab a spoon and start counting with me!!!
Yes, I know. It’s hard to talk right now it looks so yummy. But stay with me. It’s almost time for the bowl. What you see here is how I know adding flavors after the meat is soft is the right way to go. This step is added because there’s nothing worse than mushy, colorless veggies in a stew. Why have one part perfect, (the meat,) and another party acting as the sacrificial lamb, (the carrots and potatoes,) all for the sake of efficiency? REMEMBER. Techniques, when perfected, create great cooking.
The addition of Kalamata olives offer texture, color and the right umami saltiness. Golden raisins create the very light hint of sweetness you crave. And it all slowly simmers for about 20-25 minutes until the carrots are tender.
If you like rice, which I do, make a batch of Spanish rice; saffron rice like I did, to put on the bottom of the bowl before topping with the stew. It is a really nice textural backdrop and adds heartiness. But you’re fine to serve this on its own and well.
Your last step before plating is to add a handful of fresh cilantro an stir. Do not cook the cilantro. Really, you will ruin in. Just let it float there, looking all green and pretty and adorable.