Sunday, 7 December 2014

Bloody Mary Stew

Before we get going, I want to acknowledge that maybe the tittle of this recipe is just a teensy bit misleading as there is no vodka in it. You could add it if you feel like it though. And this stew is loaded with a bunch of the same ingredients that you would find in the cocktail (celery, tomatoes, deliciousness), and it does contain alcohol, so you'll forgive me, right? I also have a suspicion that the majority of you folks aren't here to get drunk from stew... right? 

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Let's talk just stew for a few minutes though. Delicious, warming, hearty stew. Because it is cold. Even though it's not officially winter, it's cold. 

Actually, here in the Netherlands, it gets freezing at night, and then rains all day except for those five misleading minutes of sunshine that come every hour. You think the weather is turning around, but nope, it starts raining again. No snow yet. 

Maybe that's a good thing as it makes getting around much more difficult, but the lack of snow makes it feel much less like almost Christmas. Don't get me wrong though, it's still cold here. Thus stew. 

I love warming up with a big bowl of it. On the couch. With a blanket. For those of you in the trenches of snow or for those of you that just want something tasty, here's my interpretation of what a Bloody Mary would taste like as a stew (don't worry though, you can still serve this to your kids!). 

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Bloody Mary Stew

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2 hours 


4-6 adult servings 


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 kilo (2 lbs) stewing beef
  • 1 onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste 
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (we like heat!) 
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary (dried or 1 sprig fresh. Fresh rosemary should go in the pot right before you turn it off)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon paprika powder
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 cups water*
  • 1.5 cups of potatoes (I used plain ole white potatoes from my mother in laws garden, but sweet potatoes or butternut squash would also work wonderfully)
  • 4 carrots (2 cups) 
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 3 sage leaves
  • Handful of fresh parsley 

*You may need to add more/less water. See instructions below


  • Heat pan with olive oil
  • Pan fry meat 
  • After the meat has browned, add the onion 
  • Once the onion is translucent, add the liquids (1 cup of water and wine), bay leaves, garlic, tomato paste, seasonings
  • Bring to a boil
  • Simmer for 1.5 hours without a lid. The beef should be extremely soft and falling apart at this point. 
  • You may need to add extra water. Check on the stew every half an hour and add 1/2 a cup at a time. We prefer ours to be less liquid-y so I don't add it all at once in order to control this. 
  • While the beef is cooking, chop up your vegetables 
  • Add the vegetables after the hour and a half has gone by
  • Bring to a boil 
  • Simmer until the vegetables are also soft (should be between 15-25 minutes, depending on how large/small you chop them)
  • Add all fresh herbs if you are using now then turn off the heat 2 minutes later
  • Remove bay leaves and serve immediately

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