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Burt Reynolds' Beef Stew




  1. Cook bacon until crisp in a Dutch oven; reserve bacon fat, and drain bacon on paper toweling.
  2. Combine flour, salt and pepper in a plastic bag; shake beef in flour mixture to coat completely.
  3. Brown beef in bacon fat, turning often. (Add a little more vegetable oil if needed.)
  4. Add onion and garlic; cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Add tomato sauce, broth, wine, bay leaf, and thyme. Cover; lower heat, simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Add carrots, celery, potatoes, and mushrooms. Uncover and cook until meat and vegetables are tender.
  7. Sprinkle with reserved bacon.

Serves 4.


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