Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Paul Fannin's Beef Stew

Senator Fannin is a legend in Arizona but he was also very down to earth. His long time cook, "Cookie" Ploegsma, gave us this favorite recipe of his. Paul J. Fannin, 1908-2002, was a successful businessman, Governor and three term U. S. Senator. The Historical League was proud to honor him as a 2001 Historymaker. His son accompanied him to the Gala and told us later, "Dad was thrilled to accept this award."
Senator Fannin's Favorite Beef Stew
1 pound sirloin steak, cubed or beef stew meat
4 (14 ounce) can beef broth
1 green bell pepper, cut into quarters
2 ribs celery
1 onion, cut into halves
2 garlic cloves
Dash of pepper
2 potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 cup frozen peas or green beans

Bring the steak, broth, bell pepper, celery, onion, garlic and pepper to a boil in a stockpot and reduce the heat. Simmer for 3 to 4 hours or until the steak is tender, stirring occasionally. Discard the bell pepper quarters, celery and garlic cloves. Add the potatoes, carrots, peas and /or any other vegetable to the stew and cook until the potatoes are tender, adding additional broth as needed for the desired consistency and stirring occasionally. Ladle into bowls.
Serves 4 to 5.

I modified the recipe a little (as I usually do) and used red and yellow pepper which I did not remove. Also used fresh green beans. Since I will be out of town and wanted to leave a meal for my husband, I find the crockpot is the answer. It will be ready for him at the end of the day even when I am gone.