Beef Stew – Frugal Gourmet Style
By Scott Anderson Chef_Scott
This recipe comes to you by way of the Frugal Gourmet, a fellow TV chef that passed away in 2004 amidst a cloud of controversy. He was instrumental in my first glimpses of cooking on TV before there ever was a food or cooking channel and his wit and fun in the kitchen certainly made for creative recipes. I believe he helped usher in a move from PBS to center stage cooking and paved the way for the culinary shows we watch today.
As a tribute to the Frugal Gourmet I’d like to present my take on his classic recipe utilizing wine in marinating beef to bring out the flavor in tough cuts of meat. By soaking tough but flavorful cuts of meat in wine for several hours you break down the connective tissues and collagen making the meat more appetizing and tender. An additional side benefit is cutting down on added salt, which is always a good thing.
Only use a wine that you would consume, never cook with turned, off or corked wine, as you will impart that off flavor into the meal you are preparing.
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About this Recipe
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Apr 12, 2011
Scott! What a wonderful tribute! I agree with everything you said... I always liked him... his humor.. and his recipes! Thanks so much for the post!
FREDA GABLE cookin4me - Apr 13, 2011
Interesting Notes.I had Not even Known he had passed away.
Thanks for posting this Classic Comfort dish.
Nancy R Robeyone - Apr 14, 2011
Scott, was that Jeff Smith? What was the controversy? He was great and this sounds wonderful. Thanks for the post!
Scott Anderson Chef_Scott - Apr 14, 2011
It was Jeff Smith - the controversy was in regards to men accusing him of inappropriate advances earlier in his life. He was never found guilty but the damage was done and he left TV. He died in 2004 in Seattle Washington.