I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the meals my mom made as I look for meal inspiration for my own family.
Mom’s spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese, chicken soup, Swedish meatballs, pork chops, stuffed peppers, the list of her delicious meals is endless, whether for a weekday dinner or a large holiday gathering. And then it hit me – mom’s beef stew, rich, thick, loaded with potatoes, celery, carrots, onions, mushrooms and meat…and dumplings floating on top. I also remembered that somehow, I always managed to get the serving with the bay leaf, lol.
So off to Stop & Shop I went for stew meat. I already had russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, celery and carrots on hand. I picked up a little over a pound of stew meat and two packages of McCormick beef stew seasoning.
After cleaning and cutting up the potatoes, onions carrots and celery, and cutting the beef chunks into smaller pieces, I got out the four, floured the beef chunks, and followed the directions on the back of the McCormick packets.
I didn’t make dumplings, so my stew didn’t quite rival mom’s, but the family agreed that it was very tasty as evidenced by the empty bowls and full, satisfied tummies. This recipe is a keeper and one I’ll gladly add to my repertoire of family favorites.
Next time, I may change it up and add a bag of mixed vegetables instead of just carrots to the stew…or maybe some green beans. My crystal ball indicates I will take a short trip soon, to Stop & Shop for stew meat. There’s a big pot of beef stew simmering on my stove and filling the kitchen with its tantalizing aroma in the foreseeable future.
What’s your favorite rich and hearty family meal?
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