Officially it’s the first day of Fall, and I don’t know about everybody else but I am sooooo ready for Fall. My friends and family Up North – that’s anybody above the Florida-Georgia border to us Floridians – are already enjoying some Fall weather, but here in the Sunshine State it is still either hot or raining. Or both at once.
Several weeks ago I was already so tired of the brutal, unrelenting heat that I declared Summer over and proclaimed it to be Autumn already. To make it official, I decided to make a stew that reminds me of Fall, and this is what I came up with:
1/2 package of bacon, divided – I used thick-sliced Applewood smoked bacon
2 1/2 pounds stew meat (beef short ribs work well also)
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 large carrots, sliced
1 bottle amber lager – I used Third Shift Amber Lager, but any amber beer you like is fine
2 cans French Onion soup
2 to 3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 to 3 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
Combine flour and salt in Ziploc bag or shallow dish and coat beef.
Cook half of bacon in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp; remove with slotted spoon and set aside. Brown half of beef in bacon drippings until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Remove from Dutch oven, cover and keep warm. Repeat with other half of bacon and beef.
Add minced garlic and sliced carrot to Dutch oven and sauté 5 minutes. Return beef and bacon to Dutch oven.
Add French Onion soup, beer, brown sugar and thyme. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to simmer for 45 minutes. Uncover and cook another hour, until beef is tender.
Serve over egg noodles or along with mashed potatoes.
So there you have it, Fall Stew. What’s your favorite thing about Fall? Besides pumpkin everything lol. Do you have a favorite Fall dish?