Beef Stews are made by simmering beef in liquid until it becomes tender. This process makes the beef tender while releasing all its natural flavor. The liquid can be water, beef stock or broth, or even wine. This recipe makes use of beef broth, which is readily available in any grocery store.
The temperature here in Chicago dropped drastically over the past weeks. Snow turned into ice, while the wind continues to whistle its frigid tunes. They wouldn’t have called it the windy city for nothing.
While I’m lazily slouching at the couch watching my favorite Food Network shows (Iron Chef America good, but I find Chopped to be more entertaining), I thought of making some beef stew to make myself warm. I’m not sure if I have all the ingredients and I don’t plan to drive on ice. This is the time when online grocery shopping and delivery services such as Peapod come-in handy.
I needed some beef parts such as brisket or sirloin, some onions, tomatoes, a little dried thyme, and I also need to move my lazy bones. Good thing I still all of the needed ingredients in my inventory like a pound of beef brisket, a can of diced tomatoes, some onions, and dried thyme (except moving my lazy bones). I did not need to order groceries online at that point.
Dinuguan or Blood Stew is a dish wherein pig or cow’s blood is cooked with meat and other ingredients. This is considered as an authentic Filipino food and is best eaten with steamed rice buns called “puto”.
Unlike our previous Pork Dinuguan recipe, this version makes use of the pig’s innards. The heart, liver, and intestines are sautéed to reduce the gamy scent then mixed with other ingredients to form a bizarre yet delightful concoction.
This dish might seem unusual or disgusting to those who are not familiar with it. Like other peculiar dishes, it takes an acquired taste to like and enjoy this stew. Once an acquired taste develops, you will never look at this dish the same way again.
Try this Dinuguang Lamang Loob recipe and let me know your thoughts.