This is one of the first meals I ever made and one of the first recipes I ever posted on this blog. The pictures were horrible. And although it’s still not much of a looker, it tastes really good.
If you’ve read a little about me, you know that I wasn’t much of a cook before I got married. In fact, the first meal I cooked my husband while we were dating was a chicken broccoli Alfredo pasta from a prepackaged box. I never expected for him to think that I had cooked it from scratch but before I had a chance to say anything he started raving on and on about it and kept asking questions like what was in the sauce. I wasn’t avoiding his questions but I wasn’t giving up information freely either.
The real trouble came when they discontinued the pasta at the grocery store. I thought great…I’m screwed. Lucky for me, my roommate Lisa had this recipe for Oven Baked Stew as a back up. I cooked it for him and he loved it. Crisis avoided. Don’t worry, I came clean about my shady cooking and he married me anyway.
This is a thick hearty stew that leaves you wondering whether to eat it with a fork or a spoon. Stew meat has the reputation for being tough, but in this sauce it’s slow cooked into submission leaving it tender.