This is a very basic way to stew. Any kind of meat will work with this.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 3 hours 30 minutes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
5 pounds|2 kilograms 268 grams bison short ribs
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
9 mushrooms, diced
4 heads of garlic (about 38 cloves), roughly chopped
3 carrots, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 leek, white part only, diced
1 small yellow onion, diced
¼ cup tomato paste
1 cup|237 ml red wine
1 bay leaf
1 bunch thyme
8 cups|1 liter 893 liters beef stock
- Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper and cook, turning as needed, until browned all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer the ribs to a plate.
- Add the mushrooms, garlic, carrots, celery, leek, and onion and cook until lightly golden, about 12 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook 2 minutes longer. Add the red wine and reduce by half, about 3 minutes. Tie the thyme and bay leaf together using butcher's twine and add it to the pot along with the ribs and the beef stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Cover slightly and cook for 3 hours.
- The best thing for stews is to leave it overnight and let the flavor really develop.
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