Stewing About It
Catalan-Style Beef Stew with Mushrooms
Supremely beefy and complexly flavored, Spanish beef stew is a little different than its American counterpart. It starts with a sofrito, a slow-cooked mixture of onions, spices, and herbs that builds a flavor-packed base. Next we swapped out the normal chuck-eye roast for boneless beef short ribs, feeling that they gave us a beefier-tasting stew. We finished the stew with a mixture of toasted bread, toasted almonds, garlic, and parsley. This mixture, called a picada, brightened the stew’s flavor and thickened the broth.
Cuisinart 6-Quart 3-in-1 Cook Central
We loved the lightweight, nonstick metal crock and stay-cool plastic handles that made this model so easy to maneuver and clean. A solid performer, it’s a great choice if you hate to lift heavy crocks or worry about breakage. Offer ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on October 2, 2017.