tocana de vita (romanian beef stew)

5 servings
1 pounds Stew beef,veal or venison
1 tablespoon Fat
1 cup Onion, minced
1 x Garlic bud
½ teaspoon Paprika
¼ teaspoon Pepper
1 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Green pepper, minced
2 cups Diced potatoes
1 tablespoon Flour
½ cup Cold water

Wash the meat in cold water, then let stand in the same. Brown onions in fat, add paprika and mix well. Add the meat, pepper, salt and garlic. Mix well, cover and let simmer for about 40 min. Add boiling water, green pepper and again let simmer for about 20 min.

Mix the flour with cold water, add slowly to the meat and mix well.

Simmer for about two minutes then set the stew aside.

Place potatoes in salted water, bring to a boil and let boil for 5 min. Remove potatoes from hot water and place in stew. Bring stew to a boil and simmer gently for about 5 min. Serve hot.

Sorry about the translation, it was literal, from grama.

In the old country they always washed the meat first before cooking, I always thought it was just because it was freshly butchered, but soaking the meat tenderizes it greatly, and adds liquid to the stew for gravy. Beef or Veal neck or shank works great, though venison neck works- add peeled chopped apple in last 5 min.

Tocana(stew_) de vita is the food of life. ENJOY! mmm Submitted By MARK MIKLAS On 07-25-95

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