Friday, February 7, 2014

Our Own Recipe Rehab: Hearty Beef Stew Vs Beef Stew with Barely

"“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Certified Angus Beef® brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”"

I don’t think many would disagree it has certainly been an extra cold winter, even here in Florida. As much as dislike the cold, I do love being in the kitchen on a cold day making my family's favorite comfort foods. And soups and stew nearly always top that list. This month I was introduced to two scrumptious stew recipes from Recipe Rehab.

Recipe Rehab Beef Stew #MC

If you don’t know, Recipe Rehab airs on CBS and is a cooking show in which families submit their favorite high-calorie, family-style recipes, and two chefs face off in a head-to-head competition to give the recipes a low-calorie twist. After making each rehabbed recipe in their own kitchen, the family chooses their new favorite. 

With our two Recipe Rehab stew recipes in-hand my job was to recreate these recipes and my family’s job was to vote for their favorite – are own in-home version of Recipe Rehab you could say. With these recipes we were also supplied with the Certified Angus Beef® brand; exceptional beef with extraordinary flavor! 

@Certified Angus Beef ® brand #beef #MC

Before I get going in the kitchen it's always essential that I had the right meat for the job. It’s a known fact that the cut and brand of meat can really make or break a recipe. With the Certified Angus Beef® brand, I know the beef I’m choosing has met 10 standards for premium quality, including abundant marbling allowing for amazing flavor and juiciness; a cut above USDA prime choice and select grades. 

@Certified Angus Beef ® brand #beef

Stew Meat @CertifiedAngusBeef®brand #Beef #MC

With the Certified Angus Beef® brand and all my ingredients prepared, it was time to get to work. The two Recipe Rehab recipes we were to recreate were: Beef Stew and Barley and Hearty Beef Stew. (Both recipes will be featured on the Saturday, Feb. 15 episode of Recipe Rehab on CBS.)

Recipe #1 Beef Stew and Barley

Beef Stew and Barley #RecipeRehab #beef #mc (sponsored)

The older my boys get the more their tastes have changed. Once strictly chicken eaters they now prefer heartier red meat dishes. I started with this recipe because I like the addition of the added veggies as opposed to potatoes. In fact, my husband first questioned the lack of potatoes as he has come to equate beef stew and potatoes as one.

This recipe featured not only barley, but a nice assortment of veggies and other foods my kids would normally turn their noses up at; fresh spinach, carrots, button mushrooms and celery. Mixing together the mushrooms, spinach, garlic and other herbs and spices in the processor masked their look, making my kids clueless! And we actually really enjoyed the barley as opposed to a heavy potato.

Recipe #2 Hearty Beef Stew

Hearty Beef Stew #RecipeRehab #Beef #MC

I was excited about this second recipe because I really enjoy cauliflower and appreciated the healthier side. This dish offered a nice assortment of veggies like baby carrots and a twist with fresh shiitake mushrooms. I felt it held up to its name and was more of what you would think a heart beef stew should be. The optional dollop of sour cream also offered a burst of creamy flavor that was quite surprising when mix in. * I did adjust this recipe slightly to suit my family’s needs.

Which Won Over our Family?

Both stews were quite good and will be on the menu again. The Certified Angus Beef® brand was tender and simply melted in our mouths. If time permits, the longer you cook your stew the more tender beef you'll end up with. I also really appreciate the way the wine added a subtle sweet note to the dishes. A lot of beef stews I’ve tried in the past have a heavy stock or starchy flavor to them. This wasn't true with either of these dishes. But when it came right down to it, it was the beef stew and barley that truly won us over.

The hearty stew was amazing, but there was no hiding the cauliflower and my children, unlike myself, aren't big fans of the taste or texture to cauliflower. Although, we did all agreed the broth was delicious. The beef stew & barley however, satisfied all our needs. I simply loved the addition of barely over potatoes, my husband was pleased to finally find spinach in his meal, and my kids loved the sliced carrots and the how the barley and beef seemed to soak up the flavor of the dish so well.

Which do you think your family would prefer?

You can learn more about these recipes and find out which is the official winner, Saturday morning, February 15th on Recipe Rehab airing on CBS.


VickeC said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

probably the one with barley,they both really looked good though

VickeC said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am going to try both recipes out on my hubby an see which he likes,,I noticed no potatoes in either stew?? I dont know about that,,we like potatoes in our stew

Eileen McDonald said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The Hearty Stew sounds refreshing. I like that it has cauliflower, that's different.

jill24295 said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

OMG that beef stew looks yummy! I'm not much for cauliflower, but stew is perfect for cold days like today!

Brutus Duffy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love carrots, so I would like to make this beef stew. Thanks!

Terri said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My family would prefer the Recipe #1 Beef Stew and Barley. They are not fans of cauliflower. I have been buying Angus Beef for years. We tried it at my sister's house and we're hooked.

Julie Cutshaw said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

oh that hearty stew looks so good, especially on these cold dreary winter days to enjoy for good protein. You always have the priest pictures to share of your recipes Crystal. Thank you for sharing this one. I must bookmark it to enjoy soon.

Janet W. said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The beef looks like such great quality and so tender. I think my family would most enjoy the Hearty Beef Stew!

lmurley2000 said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love beef stew we usually don't make it home made

slehan said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I like the barley recipe with all the hidden veggies.

slehan at juno dot com

nici said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

They both look yummy. Maybe the one with barley

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