Brown it first. Browning your meat before you start to cook it is a step which is crucial to any stew and it is something you don’t want to skip. When you take the time to Brown your beef, you will be adding those wonderful caramelised flavours which you wouldn’t get in your stew otherwise. It adds a whole extra layer of flavour and it is more than worth the time it takes for you to do it.
Slow cook it. Obviously the idea behind a stew is to leave everything in a pot and let it cook for hours and hours until it is all tender and perfect, and when it comes to making a great stew, the longer you cook it for the better it gets. However if you don’t have the time to be cooking your meat for hours and hours you can use an Instant Pot pressure cooker instead.
Add tomato. When you are making a stew you will have a lot of different elements and they are all often things which are stodgy and heavy on the tongue. For a successful stew which is balanced and yummy you need to balance out the heavy flavors with some acid, and tomato is the ideal thing to add. You can use tomato purée and mix this into your stew to add a little element of acid and to cut through the rest of the dish and this can be the ideal addition.
Add in a tipple. Alcohol is something which always goes well in winter cooking and stews come alive with the addition of a little alcohol in the stock. For a flavorful and rich stew, stout is an amazing base for the dish because it has deep rich flavors for you to enjoy. The same goes for a deep merlot which can add a hint of acid to the dish too which gives it a decadence.
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