cider stew

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~ cider stew ~

This is the rich, beef and root vegetable delicacy I use to fill baked pumpkin “bowls” for my Lunch in a Pumpkin. The original post includes the recipe, but I thought I’d give you more detailed instructions (with pictures!) here. Happy cooking.

6 Tablespoons flour

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 Tablespoon fresh thyme

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

2 lb. beef stew meat

6 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 to 2 cups beef broth

2 cups apple cider

1/3 cup dry white wine

2 Tablespoons cider vinegar

1 stalk celery, plus greens, thinly sliced

1 large parsnip, diced

1 small rutabega, diced

1 small sweet potato, diced

4 small carrots, diced

2 medium potatoes, diced

2 onions, roughly chopped

2 medium apples, cored and diced

Blot stewing meat. In a paper bag, or a big mixing bowl, combine:  flour, salt, pepper, thyme and pumpkin pie spice.

Blot meat dry with paper towels. Add meat to flour mixture. Stir to coat.

In a Dutch oven, cook meat in hot oil until browned.

Add cider…

broth, wine and vinegar…

Cook, covered for  1 and 1/2 hours, or until meat is tender.

Add celery and parsnips…

sweet potato (or red yams if you can find them) and rutabaga…

apples, onions, potatoes and carrots…

Bring to a boil. Then, cover and cook (over low heat, so the broth is gently boiling) about 30 minutes more, or until all veggies are tender.



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  8 comments for “cider stew

  1. Sandy
    October 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    The newspapers,blogs and magazines are filled with the sights, sounds and smells of fall. One of the main fall attractions is Halloween. Who would have thought Halloween decorations could be so cute? Go and check out the new adorable black cats, pumpkins and spooky black trees with many mini ornament to hang on them, witches brew for ghosts and goblins, bright orange plastic pumpkin lights, garlands of ghosts, webs and witches, bats and more…. Oh, and on a dark quiet night all you can hear is the giggling and laughing of perky witches,like Melissa,wearing an apron and making witches stew….<3

    • Melissa
      October 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      Sandy, I love love love the imagery here. You are such a gifted writer. I am blessed to know you sweet lady <3 xoxo

  2. Kimber Dunn
    October 23, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Once again, your photo recipes delight the senses and make me drool while I read. LOL Thanks again for sharing!! And Sandy – LOVE your description!!!

    • Melissa
      October 24, 2011 at 4:14 am


  3. Sandy
    October 24, 2011 at 8:19 am

    This helps me be creative along with my column since I really don’t have time to have a blog. I don’t even have time to do my monthly newsletter so may have to go quarterly. Thanks Melissa and Kimber for your comment…<3

    • Melissa
      October 24, 2011 at 8:42 am

      You’re welcome! xo

  4. Erika
    September 24, 2014 at 9:53 am

    In one of the photos I see a packet of Lipton soup. I see no mention of it in the recipe. What kind is it?

  5. Donna
    November 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Sounds Heavenly. Will try

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