I’ve raved about The Local Butcher Shop before. These guys deliver the finest meat you can get in or around Knoxville. There is NO comparison with the meat you get in the SUPERmarkets. So as I was out shopping for the weekend, I stopped in and ordered some bone marrow for an upcoming party and picked up 3lb of stew. Cubed while I waited. The stuff was beautiful. I promptly returned home and began a new stew recipe. This meat had to be handled with care…it was too special to just throw in a pot and forget it.
Stew doesn’t take a LOT of fussiness. But you have toe et aside some time to get it going. Don’t get in a hurry. When you’re growing the meat, do it a few pieces at a time. Otherwise, you boil the meat. And that’s not what you want. You want to brown it to the point of almost burning it. But quickly. Same with the veggies. Brown them in batches so you don’t boil them. The liquid escaping from them will quickly ruin a good stew.