Sunday, March 4, 2012

Best Stock Ever!!

I have to admit, most times I limit myself to turkey or chicken stock.  Mostly because we eat more poultry than beef, and I always seem to have turkey bones ready for the stock-pot.

It is so easy to make your own stock!  It tastes so much better, and is so much better for you...have you looked at the ingredient listing on a tetra-pak of chicken stock lately?

In any case, I decided to make beef stock this week, as Madeleine has been begging for French Onion Soup...and this, I think , is the Best Beef Stock I have ever made!

Beef Stock

1 pkg of 4-6 beef marrow bones 
2 carrots
1 lg onion 1 potato
2 stalks celery
4-6 mushrooms 
1 tomato
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar or balsamic
1-2 tsp spices of your choice ( I used a combo of thyme, oregano and rosemary)
Bay leaf

Roughly cut up carrot, potato, and celery.  Add to a pot large enough to make the stock in, but small enough to fit in the oven ( or use a roasting pan).  Add beef bones, olive oil, spices and vinegar.  Toss.  Roast at 450 degrees for about half hour or so , stirring once.  Make sure bones and veg are browned nicely.  Remove from oven and deglaze the pan with a little water, getting all the brown bits up. 

 Add mushrooms,chopped tomato, bay leaf, S&P and about 12 cups of water.  Bring to a boil and simmer partially covered  for 2-3 hours.  Adjust seasoning and drain out bones/veg.  It's ready!!

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