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
Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat, add onion, garlic and mushrooms. Saute for about 10 minutes. Remove from pan, set aside.
Dredge beef stew meat in flour/salt/pepper mixture.
Add oil to skillet, brown meat.
Add beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and kitchen bouquet to skillet. Stir to combine, gravy will thicken as it heats. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or so. (note: the longer you simmer the more tender your meat will be.) Add mushrooms back in. Simmer for 10 minutes or so more. If you prefer a thicker gravy, add a little cornstarch/water mixture to thicken even more.
Serve over mashed potatoes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 519 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 17g Cholesterol: 170mg Sodium: 668mg Carbohydrates: 15g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 3g Protein: 54g
What is YOUR favorite comfort food?