Recipe by Chantelle Fehr
- 3-4 pounds Stewing Beef
- 1 large Onion
- 1 Green Pepper
- 1/4c. Lard/Shortening
- 1 ½ tsp. Salt
- Pepper to taste
- 2 tsp. Paprika
- 4 c. Warm Water
- 2 Beef Bouillon Cubes
- 1 large can Diced Tomatoes
- 1 ½ c. Cold Water and 1/2c. Flour to make the slurry
- Cut your meat into small cubes, my stewing beef cubes come so large I usually end up cutting each one into 4 smaller cubes. Place your meat on a paper towel lined plate, Pat the meat down with another paper towel. This step is important to ensure the meat will brown well.
- Cut up your onion and green pepper.
- Place your lard or vegetable oil (not olive oil) in your dutch oven. You can also use a cast iron pot or in a pinch I have used a frying pan and then transferred to a roaster for the oven.
- Once your oil is hot, add your meat. Let cook for about 5 minutes without stirring.
- Add your vegetables, salt, pepper, paprika and then stir. Let the meat brown and veggies cook. This will take 15-20mins. The liquid needs to cook down and evaporate to ensure great flavor.
- Once the meat is nicely browned, add the diced tomatoes, 4c. of water and Beef bouillon cubes. Making sure to stir well and get the browned bits on the bottom incorporated. Bring to a boil.
- Mix the slurry in a gravy shaker or in a jar. Making sure your water is cold before shaking will ensure that you do not have a slurry explosion!
- Stir the slurry into your simmering meat mixture. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously until thickened. About 2-3 minutes.
- Cover and place in a 350 degree F oven for 2-2 1/2hrs.
- Serve it up on boiled potatoes or noodles. Although the most authentic way is to serve it with German potato dumplings and red cabbage.
About the Author:
Chantelle and her husband Michael have been together for 17 years, and have 5 wonderful, crazy kids! While Mike works outside the home, Chantelle’s a full time stay-at-home mom, embracing her role as a homemaker.
With five kids on a single income, she does her best to cut costs by baking, cooking, and creating most things by hand.
How much does she love baking? Well, let’s put it this way, she buys her flour and sugar in bulk and yet she’s still running out all the time!
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