Comfort food. How do you define it? Some may say it’s a rich sugary dessert, some a hearty bowl of soup. In my family, most times, it’s defined by mashed potatoes and gravy. We affectionately refer to them as “farm dinners.” My husband grew up on a farm in a very small town in Iowa. When we visit, we can almost guarantee that we will get our favorite farm dinner, roast, with potatoes, carrots, cabbage and gravy. It’s just one of those meals that is comforting and feels like home.
Growing up for me, it was my mom’s pork chops and mushroom gravy. Still to this day one of my most favorite meals, and my whole family agrees. Even the boyfriend (referred to as our 5th child) — it’s his birthday request every year.
Next time you’re in the mood for a little comfort food, give this one a try! We served just like this, over potatoes, with sweet corn. (not pictured) Add a slice of bread to the bottom, top with mashed potatoes and the beef tips and gravy, and you have a hot beef sandwich!
- 2 pounds beef stew meat
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced (optional)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 4 Tablespoons oil
- 32 ounces beef stock
- 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon ketchup
- 2 teaspoons Kitchen bouquet
What is YOUR favorite comfort food?