We’re getting ready for a cold front and possible snow on Monday (yay! I hope we do). Plus we decided to have some of Randy’s buddies over for the big Bedlam Bash tonight – OU vs OSU (Go Sooners! Sorry! I really do root for the Cowboys too, just not when OU plays them). So I decided to make some yummy comfort food. I make this often, it is a great meal to take to someone when they are sick or have a new baby or something!
This dish is so easy because you have your meat and veggies and rice in one meal and then if you add a loaf of bread and salad you’re done! (Oh, and then there is my mother in law’s incredible brownie recipe.)
Lebanese Meat and Green Bean Stew-
2 lbs. stew meat, big 1” chunks (sometimes we use sirloin)
2 cans green beans, drained
1 large onion, slivered or chopped
1 no. 2 can whole or crushed tomatoes
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
4 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon (I add more to taste)
1 clove garlic (actually I use about 5 or 6!)
2 Tbsp lemon juice (sometimes more, to taste).
Saute the butter, onions and garlic on med high. Add the meat (in batches if needed so as not to overcrowd) Just sear the meat, dont cook all the way through and if doing in batches remove everything and then just add the new meat so the butter, onions & garlic don’t overcook (but the onions should be limp). Put everything back in and then add tomatoes, tomato sauce and spices. Then add the drained green beans and lemon juice.
Cover and simmer for at least 20 minutes, until the sauce is thickened. Serve over rice.
Ok, this is the rice recipe we use, it is really good!
1/4-1/3 stick of butter
1/2 cup vermicilli (break in pieces)
1 cup rice
(we actually double or triple the rice recipe because we really like the rice!)
Brown the vermicilli in the melted butter. Add the rice and get it all buttery. Add 2 cups boiling water. Cover. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Thanks to my cousin, Julia Evans (she is the BEST cook!) for sharing her secrets on how she tweaked the original recipe.
Enjoy! I welcome your comments and your favorite comfort/cold weather food ideas!