There aren’t a lot of things better than beef stew on a cold, snowy (or rainy if you’re in Seattle) winter’s night. So, tonight, we tried out Good Eats Beef Stew from the episode “Stew Romance”. I’ve never been much of a beef stew fan, but this one I love. I clean my plate. Of course, it helps that Eric is such a good cook.
And as promised, after the Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Fried Steak #2 calorie heavy meal, this one is a lot more reasonable, clocking in at just 354 calories per serving. It makes 4 servings.
By the way, the dish in the photo above was given to us by our dear friend Jen for Christmas last year. It’s Temp-tations Presentable Ovenware and we love it. Thanks, Jen!
Eric’s Tips & Tricks For Good Eats Beef Stew
It’s best to prepare the meat a day before you plan on serving the meal, so brown the meat and braise it in the oven for 4 hours, then remove to the refrigerator once cooled. On the night you want to serve, partially cook the potatoes by steaming them, otherwise they may be undercooked by the time the dish is ready. Be sure to trim most, if not all, the fat from the beef. Otherwise, it will raise the calories. The tablespoon of fat Alton uses has been accounted for in the calories. Follow all other recipe instructions as written.
Here’s what we ate:
Nel: 1 serving of Beef Stew
Eric: 1 serving of Beef Stew and a side of baby broccoli sautéed in sesame oil (Ok, he had 2 servings of stew. Haha.)
The beginning of our conversation mostly consisted of “Mmmm….” and “yummy”, but eventually, after we’d shoveled several forks full into our mouths, we had this to say…
Eric: “What people usually get wrong about beef stew is using boneless cuts of meat. The bones really add flavor.”
Nel: “I can’t believe how low cal this is.”
Eric: “I like the fact that it has some acidity in it because of the vinegar.”
Nel: “I can really taste the worcestershire.”
Nel (trying some of Eric’s baby broccoli): “Oh my god! I can actually EAT THIS! You’re going to have to make some for me.”
I can’t eat broccoli. It’s a texture thing. I have tried and tried and tried to eat broccoli, but it usually makes me gag. But, I have a witness. Eric saw me eat broccoli tonight. It’s a red letter night! *virtual high five*
Each serving is 11.5 oz
354 calories per serving
Eric’s Rating: “Low cal and yummy!”
Nel’s Rating: “Comfort food at its finest!”
Will we be making this again? Yes. Definitely.
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