My mom made a stew similar to this while we were growing up, adding all sorts of tasty things like flour and white russet potatoes that would thicken it up. As I try and recreate delicious things from my childhood as a fully paleo option, I’ve come up against a few interesting challenges… One is how to thicken things without adding gluten or heavy starches like potatoes.
And I think I’ve discovered an even tastier option. I think…
The stew itself is really easy to make, but it takes some time to put everything together.
1lb grass fed beef cut into 3/4 inch chunks (or larger if you’d like)
1 medium onion
1 head of garlic (or not, I love garlic so more is more for me)
.5 lb carrots
.5 lb celery
1 lb daikon or red radishes
1 medium zucchini
1 Jalapeño (optional, or necessary… depends what your background is )
In a cast iron, or other pot, brown the meat in a few tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil. Remove and set aside. This will be the method for everything, so have a few bowls ready. After the meat, chop and brown the onions and garlic. I like to brown the garlic as whole cloves, but you can dice it up if you’d like. The onions should be transparent. After they are ready, split the onions between the bowl with the meat and a new bowl, I’ll explain why in a sec. Go ahead and add the caramelized garlic to the onion only bowl, not the meat bowl.
Continue to brown the daikon or radishes, your choice. Split and separate into the meat and onion bowl just like the onions. Do the same for the celery, zucchini and carrots. These can be browned together. If you do like hotter spicier food, brown the jalapeño(s) and toss them whole into the veggie bowl.
Now you have two bowls, one with the meat and vegetables, and one with just vegetables.
Grab a blender type pulverization contraption and blend the contents of the veggie only bowl. Adding salt and pepper to taste. I’ll add a little bone broth or chicken broth here to mix the flavors a bit more.
Put everything back into your cast iron pot, bring to a boil and then let simmer on low for 2 hours. Then make some paleo bread, and eat… Let me know how you like it!