Gosh, Darn - I don't know how to make line breaks. I hope my previous recipes are understandable. Here's my favorite.
Most recipes focus on ingredients and preparation methodologies. The focus of Mudcat Gathering Beer Stew is on people, place, and music.
MUDCAT GATHERING BEER STEW * 2 lbs beef stew meat, large chunks * 2 lbs pork stew meat, large chunks * 2 lbs red potatoes, quartered * 2 large yelow onions, quartered * 5 large stalks of celery, cut into large chunks * 2 large tomatoes, quartered * 1 bunch carrots, cut into large chunks * 5 cloves garlic, minced 4 bay leaves 20 oz beer 1/2 cup olive oil flour, salt, pepper
Before preparation, make music with friends out on the gazebo on the river and breathe in the natural ambience of the sea and salt flats where the Navasink runs into the Shrewsbury. Then start a large pile of charcoal bricketts, and cut meat & veggies. After charcoal has turned white, place a 14 quart, 3-legged cast iron camp dutch over 14 evenly spaced coals. Add 1/4 cup olive oil and drench the meat in flour, salt, and pepper while oil is heating. When oil is crackling hot add meat and sear on all sides. Do not crowd meat, rather sear in several batches, replenishing oil as needed. When all meat is seared remove and add onions and celery to pot. Cook til just before browning, add garlic, stir, and cook for 1 minute more. Then add the rest of the veggies, beer, and return meat to pot. Cover and add 17 coals to the flat top. Return to the gazebo and sing, excusing yourself every 45 minutes to stir the stew. A few more coals may have to be added on the top of the pot lid. Cook at least 3 1/2 hours. Stew will remain warm for at least 8 hours.