Hi friends! I’d like you to meet my favorite sweater-weather dish. It’s warm, hearty, spicy, and excited to see you. It pairs well with crusty bread, some eggy noodles, or a couple glasses of cheap red. It’s also a kick-ass color and makes your house smell uhhhmazing.
As with many beef stew-y things, this recipe makes for plenty of leftovers and tastes even better after a day or two in the fridge. Just in case you hate sharing.
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 medium yellow onions
- 2 medium carrots
- 2 medium parsnips
- 1.5 lbs beef chuck
- 1/4 cup sweet paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 cups water (optional: 1 beef bouillon cube)
- 2 new potatoes
- 1 tomato
- 1 cubanelle pepper
- salt & pepper, to taste
- Dice onions, and chop carrots, parsnips, and beef chuck into 1/2″ pieces. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat, then add onions, cover pot, and cook until soft and translucent, around 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Increase heat to high; add beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook beef, stirring only once or twice, until lightly browned, about 6 minutes.
- Add paprika, marjoram, cayenne, mustard, and garlic; stir to combine. Cook until fragrant, around 2 minutes. Add water (and bouillon if you want), carrots, and parsnips. Bring to boil, then cover and let simmer at medium-low heat for 40 minutes.
- While simmering, peel and chop potatoes into 1/2″ pieces. Also core and chop tomato and cubanelle. Add potatoes to the pot and cook, uncovered, for roughly 20 minutes, until everything is tender. Add tomato and cubanelle and cook for another couple minutes.
- Salt to taste before serving. This is going to taste super boring unless it’s salted properly; the right amount of sodium is crucial to bringing the flavor out! Go slowly, but be persistent; salt, stir, taste, repeat. You’ll know when you’ve gotten it right.
Know what the best part of dating a pescatarian is? When you hike a 4600-foot mountain together, camp on the shores of a lake, spend the evening stargazing from a split log three feet above the water’s surface, practically fall down the mountain in the morning because your legs don’t work, and then order the Adirondacker for breakfast at the General Store…
…he gives you his bacon.
My friends, it doesn’t get much better than that.
He’s still cavorting around the mountains for a little while, so I’m here baking myself my 107% favorite quiche. The crust is baked with pancetta and will give you superpowers. Like the ability to finish off an entire 9-inch quiche by yourself.
Recipe: caprese quiche with pancetta crust
- 4 oz pancetta/bacon, cut into small pieces
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 7 tbsp butter, cold
- 2 tbsp cold water
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
- 6 oz low-moisture mozzarella
- 3 small plum tomatoes
- 5 eggs
- 1 1/4 cup whole milk
- salt & pepper
- Fry pancetta in a pan until fat is rendered. In a large mixing bowl, cut butter into the flour using a pastry blender (or however you like to do it). Add pancetta (with all the rendered fat!) to the mixture and toss with a fork. Add one or two tbsp of cold water and toss again with a fork, until dough comes together. Shape into a disk and wrap with plastic wrap, and let chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Chop basil and mozzarella into 1/2-inch pieces. Slice the ends off the tomatoes and squeeze the seeds out (this will lower the moisture content of the tomatoes and keep the quiche from getting too soggy). Then chop two of the tomatoes into 1/2-inch pieces and toss with basil and cheese. Slice the remaining tomato thinly and set aside.
- Take the dough and place between two sheets of parchment paper. Roll it out to 10 inches across, then remove the top piece of parchment paper. Place a 9-inch pie plate lip-down on the crust, then flip the two together so the crust is resting in the dish. Remove the second piece of parchment, and press the crust into the bottom and sides of the dish. You can crimp the edges or just tuck the overhanging edge underneath itself. Poke the crust with a fork a few times and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove crust from the oven and pour the basil, cheese, and tomatoes into it, making sure to distribute everything evenly. Mix eggs and milk together and add a healthy pinch of salt and pepper, then pour over the quiche filling. Top with the remaining tomato slices and an extra sprinkle of black pepper.
- Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until the center of the quiche is set (I usually test by tapping it with a wooden spoon — as long as it isn’t wet/oozy, it’s done). Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before slicing.