View Full Version : Uses for stew meat other than, um, stew?

07-11-2009, 05:14 AM
I have some beef stew meat in the freezer I want to use up. It's supposed to finally be summer here :rolleyes: so stew doesn't sound quite right. Any other uses for the stuff?


07-11-2009, 06:29 AM
Beef veggie soup? Or beef and noodles? Could you roast the meat and shred it or cut it up for beef sandwiches?

I know what you mean about it's supposed to be summer.


07-11-2009, 06:41 AM
Marinade and use for Kababs?

07-11-2009, 06:48 AM
Grind it up in the food processor for any ground beef dish you'd like to do or just plain burgers.


07-11-2009, 07:14 AM
I have some beef stew meat in the freezer I want to use up. It's supposed to finally be summer here :rolleyes: so stew doesn't sound quite right. Any other uses for the stuff?


I would put it in the crockpot and make Italian Beef with the shredded results.

07-11-2009, 07:33 AM
I make this and we really enjoy it:
1 lb. beef, cut into cubes2 tbsp. brown sugar3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce6 tbsp. ketchup3 tbsp. flour2 med. onions, minced1 1/4 tsp. paprika1 1/4 tsp. salt3/4 tsp. vinegar1 1/2 c. water1 (6 oz.) pkgs. Skroodles (or any kind of noodles)Brown meat on all sides in fry pan; add onions. Combine paprika, brown sugar and salt. Combine Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, ketchup; add to meat; add 1 cup of the water; stir; cover. Cook over low heat 2 1/2 hours or until meat is very tender. Blend flour with remaining 1/2 cup water; add to meat mixture; stir until thickened. Boil noodles in salted water until tender; drain. Serve meat mixture over noodles. Serves 6.

07-11-2009, 07:54 AM
As Bob mentioned, grind it for ground beef.

You can also put it in the crock pot with some water, cumin, coriander, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper and onion and cook it all day. Then take the meat out, let it cool slightly and shred it for burrito filling.

07-11-2009, 10:29 AM
Crockpot it for stroganoff.

07-11-2009, 11:11 AM
I would put it in the crockpot and make Italian Beef with the shredded results.

Oh - Great Idea

Barbecue Beef sandwiches - just put in crockpot with favorite sauce


Chile Colorado (New Mexican Red Chili with Beef) (http://party-food-recipes.suite101.com/article.cfm/new_mexican_red_chile_with_beef#ixzz0Ky3O8l6m&D)

07-11-2009, 05:42 PM
Carnitas. CL has a good recipe for them.

07-14-2009, 07:08 AM
Thanks all! After I posted this I remembered a recipe for Thai-style braised beef, which is nicely spicy and ended up being really good. I'll keep the suggestions for the next time I end up at my wits' end! :)

07-14-2009, 08:49 AM
Too late for this time, but stew beef makes excellent saag (Indian spinach dish).

07-15-2009, 08:52 AM
Could you please post the recipe for the Indian saag dish?? Sounds interesting. Thanks.

07-15-2009, 01:21 PM
Saag Gosht (Beef in Fragrant Spinach Sauce)
Adapted from Classic Indian Cooking by Julie Sahni
Laura's pics are here
2 10-oz boxes of frozen chopped spinach (or equivalent, about 2 cups, cooked and chopped)
4 T vegetable oil
3 lbs boneless beef chuck* (see note below) or lamb -- cut in 1 1/2-inch pieces
3 1/2 cups onions -- thinly sliced
2 T garlic, minced
3 T fresh ginger root, minced
1 T ground cumin
2 T ground coriander
1 t turmeric
1/2 15-oz can of tomatoes, chopped
3 green chiles, seeded and minced
4 T plain whole fat yogurt
1 cinnamon stick
12 green cardamom pods
9 whole cloves
3 bay leaves
1 T kosher salt, to taste
3-4 t garam masala, to taste
cayenne pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 300 F.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a 5-6 qt Dutch oven over high heat until very hot. Pat the meat dry on paper towels and sprinkle with salt and pepper, and add to the pot in batches. Brown the meat, turning until nicely seared on all sides. After each batch is browned, transfer it to a large plate.

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the frying pan, and add the onions. Reduce heat to
medium-high, and fry until they turn caramel brown (about 25 minutes), stirring occasionally to
prevent scorching. Add the garlic and ginger, and fry for an additional 2 minutes. Add the dry ground spices and fry for 1 minute, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Then add the tomatoes and chiles, scraping at the bottom of the pot to deglaze it. Fry the tomatoes for about 5 minutes total. The entire mixture will turn into a "thick pulpy paste." Add the yogurt and immediately turn off the heat. Using an immersion blender, puree as best you can (or you can transfer it to a blender, as Sahnit suggests, but frankly I just don't care that much that my braised beef sauce is smooth).

Add the meat back into to the Dutch oven, along with the whole spices (Sahni recommends tying them into a cheesecloth and crushing slightly but I could not find my cheesecloth so we just picked around them). Add 3 cups of water and/or beef stock (I used water plus some Better Than Bouillon beef soup base) to the Dutch oven. Stir to mix the sauce and beef evenly. Bring to a boil and then cover with a tight fitting lid (if there is a lot of head room in the pot, cover with parchment paper first).

Place the Dutch oven in the middle level of the oven for 3 hours, or until the beef is fork tender. *Sahni recommends top round but I prefer chuck because I think it gets much more tender.

Remove the bay leaves, cinnamon stick, and any other whole spices you catch when it is done. Add the spinach and garam masala to the dish and stir to incorporate evenly. Cover the pot, return it to the oven or stove, and cook for 5 minutes more. Turn off the oven, and let the
pot remain undisturbed for an additional 10 minutes. Taste to see if it needs salt, cayenne pepper or more yogurt. Serve over basmati rice.