This hearty Cowboy stew is made with beef, beans and… coffee! It gives you warmth on a cold day and is the perfect one-pot dish in winter. Bonus points if you prepare it outside on the fire like I did today!
Everyone, how cold it is! I can't remember it freezing as hard in the past 10 years as it does now. The last time I was shivering like this was when I went to my sister's wedding in Curaçao have been. She got married in December 2008. Shortly after New Year's we flew back to the Netherlands, where it was -15 at the time.
You have to think: in the morning in the plane with 35 degrees and sun and then come back to a country where it is fifty degrees colder. It's a shame I didn't think of this stew at the time, because it really came in handy.
Cooking outside in the snow
It is perfectly possible to prepare this dish inside on the gas stove. Normal people would do that too. But for the maximum 'experience' cook this hearty Cowboy food outside. Preferably over an open fire.
No, of course it's just a joke, but I couldn't bring myself to buy this beautiful Dutch Oven from Fall Hall Outdoor on my electric hob. It felt a bit like betrayal to use this cool cookware in my warm and modern kitchen. So hop, out in the snow storm. That's what we're up to!
Vikings and Valhal Outdoor
Anyone who has been following me for a while knows that I am a huge fan of the series Vikings. Not just because of the tough heads and the bloody battle scene, but perhaps most of all because of the subtle way in which they have portrayed the differences between Christians and Gentiles. For the insiders: I could feel the inner struggle of Athelstan so intensely. As far as I'm concerned, they already deserved an Oscar for that!
So when I came across the raw, cast iron pans from Valhal Outdoor online (with the awesome Vikingman logo cast in them!) I was immediately sold. Note: I was immediately sold. Linda thought it was just a little 'overly tough'. He didn't like to cook a stew on a fire (“Yucks, camping!”) and didn't see it happening that the pans would end up in our kitchen.
Now I usually listen to my wife, but this was about Viking pans. That is of a different order. So I ordered such a pan after all and guess what… Linda also loved it. The skillet without a handle that I ordered online can now be seen in several of our food photos and is an indispensable part of our collection. “haha! Didn't I say it?”
The Dutch oven
A while ago I was delighted by a message from the owner of Valhal Outdoor, which also continues to be a Dutch company. “Whether I the Dutch oven wanted to try it out.” Of course I didn't let myself be told that twice! This huge cast iron pan (the kids affectionately call it the Witches' Cauldron) is made to hang over an open fire or put on a barbecue or campfire. The lid is made in such a way that you can even stack hot coals on it, so that the heat comes from all sides. I don't think you'll ever come across a tougher pan than this one.
When so much snow was predicted this weekend, I knew immediately: that pan is going outside! In my mind I already packed my drinking horn with it… skl!
The recipe for the stew
As said before, you can prepare this stew completely in style in a Dutch oven, but of course it can also be done in a casserole. The recipe is for 8-10 people, depending on hunger. Are you with less? You can also halve the recipe! But freezing and eating later is also a good option.
- 750 gr beef ribs
- 30 gr butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, pressed
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 700 ml 'passata di pomodoro' (tomato pulp)
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp ground coffee
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- A pinch of cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp brown sugar or cane sugar
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- A pinch of cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander seeds
- 750 g firm boiling potatoes
- 1 can (400 gr) kidney beans
- 1 can (400 gr) white beans
Preparation cowboy stew
First cut the meat into pieces of about 3×3 cm. Heat the butter and oil in the pan and fry the meat briefly, until all sides get some color. Then add the chopped onions and garlic and fry for a few more minutes, until the onion is translucent.
Now add all the remaining ingredients to the stew, except the potatoes and beans.
Stir everything together well and put the lid on the pan. Let the meat cook for about 2 hours. How exactly do you do that? Chiara recently wrote an article with 5 tips for the perfect stew!
After 2 hours it is time to add the potatoes. Peel these first and cut them into large wedges. Then add them to the stew. Note: it is important that the potatoes are just covered. If not, add some water.
Now put the lid back on the pan and let the potatoes and meat cook for another 30 minutes. Finally, add the (drained) beans and stir the stew again. Remove the pan from the heat and serve the stew right away – enjoy!
Do you love stews? Then try this traditional Antillean stew with chicken!
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