The combination of the red wine and Italian Sausage make this Maltese Beef Stew rich and delicious.
- 2 pounds beef stewing trimmed, cut into 1 inch cubes.
- 2 Mild Italian sausages
- 3 shallots, chopped
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 1 potato, peeled and quartered
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 15 ounces crushed tomatoes
- 1/4 cup tomato paste.
- 4 cups beef stock
- 1 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon mixed Italian seasoning
- 1 sprig of Taragon
- 1 sprig Rosemary
- 10 ounces of red wine
- In a large pot fry the sausage in 1 teaspoon oil.
- Remove from pot and set aside,
- Season the beef and continue by sealing the meat well,
- Remove from pot and set aside.
- Cook the shallots, garlic, Taragon, rosemary, spices.
- When shallots are soft add meat, sauté for a few minutes. Remove the sprig of rosemary.
- Add tomato paste, beef stock and the Kitchen Bouquet, and let simmer for a few minutes.
- Add red wine and leave it to reduce.
- Return the sausage to the pot with fennel seeds and let simmer for few minutes stirring constantly.
- Add the crushed tomatoes, bring to boil, check seasoning and simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes.
- Stir in the carrots, cook for further 10 minutes.
- Add potatoes and let simmer for 30 minutes until potatoes are cooked.
- Stir constantly and finally add peas, bring to boil once again and turn off and let it set.
Growing up in a Maltese family is filled with great food, lots of noise, family and tons of memories.
Mom made this stew often.
Dad used to soak up the broth with crusty french bread. When the hubby and I were eating this for dinner, I grabbed the loaf and bread and sliced it up. I handed him a slice. He asked for the butter. Butter is not needed. Trust me, I said. Then I proceeded to show him how to eat Maltese stew the proper way. Dipping the bread after every bite of stew.
The room grew quiet. I slowly looked up from my bowl of stew and watched the hubby. He was in a stew daze. We were eating and eating and not a word was spoken.
Yes, folks, it’s that good.
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