I finished Keith Ferrazzi's book Never Eat Alone several months ago which focuses on building better networking skills, more meaningful relationships, and deeper connections to the people you interact with at any given time...not only to benefit you, but primarily for you to give and provide value to their lives as well. There is a lot to the title alone that is worth pondering, and I would argue that taking the time to make a one-pot, comfort food dish in the middle of November is the perfect excuse to invite your roommates to the table, and do just that.
My son loves great food, family gatherings, and people getting together; thus, a post on a less-than-trendy college recipe. I agree, not your typical college fare, but get outside your comfort zone and make a bigger splash the next time you have dinner. Forewarning--he is also requesting Butternut Risotto and my Swedish Meatballs, so prepare to question my blog's usefulness on a regular basis these upcoming months! That said, I would challenge you to see why these meals are so important!
This recipe does not require any special skills. Just prep work, a dutch oven, effort, and time--sound familiar--the same qualities you need for meaningful relationships...including the dutch oven!
Dutch Oven with ovenproof lid
Large ziplock bag or brown paper bag
2-3 lbs chuck roast, 1" cubes
4 Tbls paprika
1 Tbls salt
1 Tbls pepper
9 Tbls flour
3 Tbls vegetable oil
2 Tbls tomato paste
3 cups of beef broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbls red wine vinegar
1 (15 oz) can Diced Tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1. Wash your hands.
2. Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
3. Prep all of the ingredients:
--combine flour, paprika, salt, pepper in ziplock bag
--cut your chuck roast into 1" cubes
--chop your onions
--mince your garlic
10. Cover and bake in the oven at 325F degrees for 2 hours. Meat should be tender. Sauce will be creamy and rich.
12. Prep your egg noodles and invite your roommates.