Beef Base

Author: Canadian Living

This at-the-ready mix of tender beef gives a weeknight shortcut to the full, hearty flavour of a usually slow simmer.

  • Portion size 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs stewing beef cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 onions coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups beef stock

Method

Cut beef into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes if necessary, trimming off any fat. In large heavy saucepan, heat half of the oil over medium-high heat; brown beef all over, in batches. Transfer to bowl.

Add remaining oil to pan; reduce heat to medium. Cook onions, garlic and bay leaves, stirring often, until onions are softened, about 5 minutes.

Return beef and any accumulated juices to pan. Add beef stock and bring to boil, stirring and scraping up brown bits from bottom of pan. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until beef is tender, about 2 hours. Discard bay leaves. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes. Transfer to airtight containers and refrigerate, uncovered, until cold. Cover and freeze for up to 2 weeks; thaw in refrigerator.)

Nutritional facts <b>Per 1 cup (250 mL):</b> about

  • Sodium 345 mg
  • Protein 42 g
  • Calories 344.0
  • Total fat 16 g
  • Cholesterol 89 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 6 g

%RDI

  • Iron 28.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 10.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 3.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 0.0
  • Vitamin C 5.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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