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Best Beef Stew - Cook's Illustrated Feb 2010

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Joanzing Jan 18, 2010 08:19 AM

I made the Best Beef Stew receipe from the Feb issue of Cook's Illustrated pretty much to the letter. It includes anchovies and salt pork so is unusual. I did not use the gelatin suggested because I had some veal demi so did not need it. It is really delicious and I am not a stew lover. Will definitely make it again.

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    maryannmab Oct 15, 2012 06:55 PM

    I made this tonight. I agree that it was good but something was a little off. Next time, I will use 1 cup of wine, 2 cups of chicken broth and 1 cup of beef broth. I think a little Worcestershire might help, too. I used anchovy paste instead of anchovies because it was easier/cleaner and that worked great.

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      Doe1260 Feb 19, 2012 07:00 AM

      Hi all. I made ATK's Best Beef Stew after watching an episode... While I followed their recipe, it seems to be missing SOMETHING. I can't put my finger on it, but both my hubby and I agree. I'd like to try to doctor it rather than toss practically a whole pot of stew. Suggestions? It feels like the sauce is missing something savory flavor (DH wanted to dump a bottle of hot sauce in!)

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        EM23 Feb 19, 2012 11:05 AM

        Adding a little soy sauce can add great depth of flavor to stews. That and I usually swap out some of the chicken broth for veal stock.

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          julesrules Feb 19, 2012 01:54 PM

          Along the same lines as soy - Fish sauce or worcestershire. Also, rather than doctor the whole pot you can add these to your bowl till you get it right.

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            Doe1260 Feb 19, 2012 02:23 PM

            I did add some worcestershire, then some sirrachi. Neither really hit it. I ended up tossing it. (no sense keeping it if DH wasn't going to eat it! ). Thanks for the suggestions!

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            Doe1260 Feb 19, 2012 02:19 PM

            Thanks... Didn't thi k of soy sauce. I think next time, i'll try a different recipe.

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            DrMag Feb 19, 2012 05:30 PM

            I make the CI beef stew and add a healthy shot of concentrated tomato paste

          4. GretchenS Jan 18, 2010 10:20 AM

            Interesting, because while I like the concept I rarely like the actual product and this is the kind of thing that CI does so well. I found this adapted version on a blog for anyone who is interested. http://www.dangilmore.com/2010/01/05/...

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              Joanzing Jan 18, 2010 10:31 AM

              Exactly - re concept vs product but ate this one right up!

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                danhgilmore Aug 22, 2011 04:27 PM

                Thank you very much for linking my recipe! I really don't want to sound like the typical spammer, but I just wanted to link the updated link for that recipe (I had to change sites, and move everything over) The new URL for my variation on the Best Beef Stew can be found here: http://strictlycooking.com/2011/02/28...

              2. honkman Jan 18, 2010 09:53 AM

                Anchovies and salt pork are both pretty common in stews

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