What meat dish to cook for dinner? If you have a piece of beef, but it seems to you that it is too long to twist it in a meat grinder and make cutlets for too long, but just stewing meat in onion gravy is too easy, let's learn a new dish. Try beef stew with prunes - this simple, but exquisite recipe will be one of your favorites!
The ingredients are the same as for ordinary tomato gravy of meat with carrots and onions. However, the addition of only one component - prunes - transforms the dish, giving it a taste and aroma worthy of a chic restaurant! Prepare and taste yourself ...
Ingredients for Beef Stew with Prunes
- 500-600 g of pitted beef and fat;
- 1 large carrot or 2 medium;
- 2-3 medium sized onions;
- 50-100 g of pitted prunes;
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste (or half a cup of tomato juice);
- 2-3 glasses of water;
- 1 tablespoon salt without top;
- 10-15 pieces of black peppercorns;
- 1-2 bay leaves;
- refined sunflower oil for frying.
Method of cooking beef stew with prunes
Beef cut into cubes of approximately 2x2 cm, it is more convenient to do this, while the meat is not completely unfrozen.
Vegetables clean, wash. Onions we will cut small or quarter-rings, we will rub carrots on a large grater.
Warming up the sunflower oil in a frying pan with high sides, pour the onion into it and pass, stirring, over medium heat until soft.
Then we add a grated carrot to the onions and continue, stirring occasionally, to sauté together.
After 3-4 minutes, add meat to the carrot-onion company. Fry a little, stirring, until the color changes.
Pour 2-2,5 cups of water into the pan so that the meat is covered, cover with a lid and leave to simmer over medium heat for about 30-35 minutes. Gravy should slowly boil.
When the meat is soft, it's time to add prunes! Both dried and smoked will do, but I prefer the first option: it is softer, and the aroma is more pleasant. Rinse the dried fruit under the tap, pour in a pan with a dozen prunes and mix. Mix the tomato paste in half a glass of water and pour it into the pan. Instead of pasta, you can use tomato juice or grated fresh tomatoes - then there is no need to dilute with water.
Salt gravy and add spices: pepper-peas and bay leaf. Mix and stir for a few more minutes, then turn off the fire. Fragrant, delicious meat gravy with prunes ready!
Braised beef with prunes is perfect for all kinds of side dishes. This sauce is successfully combined with mashed potatoes, pasta and any cereal.
In general, prunes and meat are always a winning combination! In addition to beef stew, with prunes are good and other meat dishes. If you like the gravy, try adding a prune note to your usual recipes! For example, instead of pork, make meatloaf with prunes. Or add a few tricks of dried plums in a roast of potatoes with chicken. More boldly fantasize in the kitchen - the results of culinary experiments will surprise and delight you and your family with new taste!