Beef Stew and Mashed Potatoes

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This day, this week, this month, perhaps, has been less than ideal. I felt on edge about something and I can’t put my finger on it. However I love this blog because the entire process for me is therapeutic. I love to make pretty food that makes family and friends happy. The photography process is a fun artistic release and the entire editing part is mindless, yet rewarding and fun for me. Today felt particularly funny, so I was ready to dive into something with quite a process, which brought me to beef stew. I love what a man’s man meal this is, I feel like its something Americans have been eating for years. Good old mashed potatoes and a chunky stew filled with beef, what could be more simply delicious!?

You will need:

-STEW

-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

-1 Tablespoon Butter

-2 pounds Beef Stew Meat (chuck Roast Cut Into Chunks)

-Salt And Pepper

-1 whole Onion, Diced

-3 cloves Garlic, Minced

-4 ounces,  Tomato Paste

-4 cups  or 1 quart Beef Broth

-Few Dashes Hot Sauce

-1/2 teaspoon Sugar

-4 whole Carrots, Peeled And Diced

-1 heaping cup of White Mushrooms

-3 celery sticks peeled and diced

-2 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Parsley

-Mashed Potatoes

-5 pounds Russet Potatoes peeled

-1 package (8 Ounce) Cream Cheese, Softened

-1 stick Butter, Softened

-1/2 cup Heavy Cream

-1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt

-Salt And Pepper, to taste

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First salt and pepper both sides of your beef. Fill a big old pan with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, let it get nice and hot.DSC_0088

Add the butter into the sizzling hot pan. DSC_0089

Once the butter has melted add the beef, let both sides brown.

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Remove the beef immediately, set aside. DSC_0091

Chop up 1 onion and mince 3 large garlic cloves. DSC_0092

Add the onions and garlic to the pan, ahhhh, I just love that initial sizzle! Is it not sooooo rewarding?

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Cook the onions and garlics for about 2 minutes or until they have sweat a little and turned brown then add the tomato paste!DSC_0094

Stir the paste into the onions and cook for about 2 more minutes. DSC_0097

Pour in the entire quart of beef stock while stirring the onions! DSC_0098

Add the beef back to the pot.DSC_0099

Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. DSC_0100

Add a few dashes of hot sauce.

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Put the lid on your pot and let this stewy stew stew cook for about an hour to an hour and a half. DSC_0104

Chop up all the vegetables. DSC_0102

When I said a heaping cup of mushrooms I was not lying, I meant it.

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Peel and dice your potatoes. DSC_0107

Add the potatoes to a big pot of water and cook till boiling or soft to a knifes gentle touch.DSC_0109

After about an hour to an hour and a half of cooking add your vegetables, and keep the stew cooking.

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Strain your potatoes and add to an electric mixer. DSC_0111

Mix for a few minutes to release as much steam as possible. DSC_0112

Add 8 oz of cream cheese.DSC_0113

Add 1 stick of butter.DSC_0114

Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream.DSC_0115

Season with salt, pepper and seasoning. I used Johnny’s my personal favorite. DSC_0116

Mince up some parsley. DSC_0128

Do half mashed potatoes, half stew and garnish with some fresh parsley, ahhhhh!

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