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Polenta Beef Stew

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried thyme, crushed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 lb. boneless beef chuck stead, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. snipped fresh rosemary or 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
14-1/2 oz can beef broth
1-1/2 cups dry red wine
8 oz boiling onions
5 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 recipe Polenta (see recipe below)
1/2 cup snipped fresh flat-leaf parsley (optional)
1/2 cup tomato paste

In a medium bowl stir together, flour, garlic powder, thyme, basil,
salt, and pepper. Coat meat with flour mixture. In a Dutch oven
brown half the meat in hot oil over medium-high heat. Remove from
Dutch oven. Repeat with remaining meat. Return all meat to pan.
Add chopped onion, garlic, and rosemary. Cook and stir until onion
is tender but not brown. Add broth and wine. Bring to boiling;
reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours.

Add boiling onions and carrots. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes
more or until vegetables are tender. Meanwhile, prepare Polenta.
Just before serving, stir parsley and tomato paste into beef stew.
Serve in bowls with polenta. Garnish with flat-leaf parsley, if
desired. Makes 8 servings.


3 cups milk
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup water
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp butter

In a large saucepan bring milk just to simmer. In bowl combine
cornmeal, water, and salt. Stir cornmeal mixture slowly into hot
milk. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat
to low. Cook 10 to 15 minutes or until mixture is thick, stirring
occasionally. If too thick, stir in additional milk. Stir in
butter until melted. Transfer to serving dish. Ladle beef stew
on top. Makes 8 servings.


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Outstanding, April 23, 2004 - 06:55 PM
Reviewer: DAS from Chicago, IL
This recipie was very easy to prepare and it tastes wonderful! The next day it even tastes better! It's a hearty dish without a lot of fat and will certainly keep you warm on those chilly winter nights.

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