Because I dislike my job and had a bunch of spare paid time off, I decided not to go to work and stay home to play Assassins Creed and make some good old stew. Because I am at the mercy of my local store for meat, they only had a few packs of sad thin cuts of round roast to choose from. I got two just because.
Luckily I also found these bad boys on sale hiding in the back of the shelf. Score.
I started by cutting up the meat into little chunks so I could fit all of it in the pot.
Also chopped up some onions and celery.
I also decided to do something a little different than usual. Instead of beef broth or Guinness, I decided to use some red wine to change things up a bit. I picked up this bottle of Charles Shaw from Trader Joe’s for $2.99. It is surprisingly good for being only $2.99. I also discovered that it is made by Fred Franzia…yes that Franzia that we have all come to know and love.
The recipe called for some tomato paste as well. The acidity of the tomatoes actually helps break down the meat quicker.
I started off by searing all the meat and creating this wondrous meat tower. This is the dream right here.
Then I threw in the veggies…
Next I added in the seasoning, tomato paste and flour to thicken the sauce.
Finally the wine….
And more wine…
Place the meat back in and pray that everything fits.
Place the entire thing in the over at 350 for ~4 hours. Because of the flour and red wine, this came out thicker and heartier than my previous roasts. However, it was just a delicious as the rest.
Serve over mashed potatoes or rice and enjoy!