When the craving for a hearty beef stew with savoury gravy and pillowy potatoes hits, this dish will cure it.
This beef stew was born out of necessity really. In a very unglamorous accident I was cleaning my fridge when the ingredients presented themselves and the experiment began. You see, I hate wasting food. Repurposing leftovers is a skill I learned from my mom. She was, and continues to be, an expert at it. My game improves with every attempt but if we are being honest here, she is still the reigning champ. However, this dish is definitely a contender she would give a victorious nod towards.
The ingredients are fairly simple. The technique is a tried and true one used over and over in many stews and soups. The additional step is to the fry the gnocchi. I suggest this and do this because without crisping these pillows of flavour, they get mushy. And mushy is not the texture we want here.
Hands off or Hands on is up to you. You can use your crock pot and slowly simmer this stew all day adding the gnocchi just before serving. Or, you can use your favourite dutch oven on your stove top and hover over it for about 1.5 hours or so. Mixing now and again to ensure it doesn’t stick. I am a helicopter hoverer in the kitchen myself so hands on is my preferred method.
Balsamic Beef Stew with Gnocchi