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Beef and Plum Stew (Inspired by the Hunger Games)

Rated as 4.17 out of 5 Stars
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"I experimented with the ingredients that I had in an attempt to make a stew that resembled the lamb and plum stew from 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins. The stew in the book used lamb, but I opted to use beef since it's easier to find. It's rich, warms your belly, and super easy to make if you've got time to let it simmer. I like to serve it with a loaf of French bread, but goes well with mashed potatoes as well."
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Ingredients

3 h 30 m servings 268
Original recipe yields 10 servings

Directions

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  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and garlic in the melted butter until lightly brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Cook bacon in the onion mixture until browned, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Heat wine in a separate pot over medium heat until simmering. Add dried plums to wine and cook for about 10 minutes. Add mushrooms, cover pot, and reduce heat to low.
  3. Cook and stir tomatoes and beef into bacon mixture until beef is browned, about 20 minutes. Transfer bacon and beef mixture to the wine mixture. Add mustard powder, sage, cloves, salt, and pepper. Cook stew over medium heat for 2 1/2 hours.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • You can also use a slow cooker for this recipe. Start by simmering the wine and plums in the slow cooker. Add the rest of the ingredients after they have cooked, and simmer stew for about 2 hours on High.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 268 calories; 13.7 15.7 13.1 44 185 Full nutrition

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The odds are ever in your favor that you're going to LOVE this full-flavored, absolutely delicious stew.

Liked it! The meat was super-tender and loved the heartiness of the mushrooms and tomatoes. Now to take care of that extra wine! :)

This is very tasty. I didn't make the recipe, but sampled someone else's preparation of it. The cloves are the dominant spice, so if you don't like them, you'll want to scale down the amount.

This stew was OK. I wanted to try something different, and it is that. I added carrots and parsnips as well because I had them on hand. Since the wine is really the only liquid I found it too fr...