I don’t know about you but I love love love fall! And I love all the yummy comfort/home foods that comes with it. Stews, breads, warm yummy deserts…..
So here is a favorite recipe for Autumn Pumpkin Stew I think you will love!
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
4 cups water
1 to 2 bay leaves
1 to 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
3 cups cubed peeled pumpkin
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add meat, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in oil and butter. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the carrots, celery, water, bay leaves, bouillon, thyme and remaining pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/4 hours.
Stir in pumpkin. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until meat and pumpkin are tender. Discard bay leaves…… 9 servings.
Serve from whole hollowed pumpkin, serve in mini pumpkins, serve in gourds, serve in bread bowls. Bread bowls are my personal choice. So here is a great recipe for perfect bread bowls!
What you need:
2 cups + 4 Tablespoons warm water
2 packages of active dry yeast (5 1/2 teaspoons)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
3 teaspoons salt
6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Using a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, add warm water and sprinkle in yeast. Let dissolve for a few minutes until yeast becomes foamy. Add melted butter, sugar and salt and mix until combined. Gradually add flour. Once combined, allow your mixer to knead the dough for about 5 minutes (you could do this by hand if you weren’t using a mixer, but it may get a little tiring!). Punch dough down and form into 6 equal sized balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet and let rise until doubled. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool and cut off the top, remove some of the bread from the inside and fill with soup or dip. Makes 6 bowls……..