Some things just transcend seasons, trends and decades. These things are rare, but forever genuine.
A perfect beef stew is one of these genuine treasures.
The key word here is a perfect beef stew. There are lots of things that could go wrong, thus rendering a stew bland and not worthy.
The key element to make a stew sing and become transcendental..................
Delicious garlic and onions.
This recipe was unique in that it used both shallots and onions, but also the timing of the garlic. There's quite a few cloves added in the beginning of a long slow cook, then you hit it with a couple cloves minced in the end. I love that technique to bring out two very different qualities in garlic.
Beef stew can be so elegant in all of it's coziness. I love when food becomes more than all of it's ingredients.