I'm new to the forum. Looks great! I have a great recips for you. This is my version of Kansas City Steak Soup. I'm claiming no authenticity here, just a version I make at home. It's quick, it's easy and it's delicious. It's just the thing for cold winter days. This recipe is from my forthcoming cookbook. Visit my site for more food and cocktail recipes. http://www.chefdavidlawrence.com
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STEAK & RED WINE SOUP
I love any recipe that tastes as if I slaved all day in the kitchen, when in reality I did nothing more than crack open a couple of cans. This is one of those great soups that has “all-day flavor,” but comes together in no time at all. The wine adds sophistication and the beef stock adds depth of flavor. Serve this with a great crusty bread, and it’s a meal all by itself.
1 tablespoon good olive oil
1 pound New York steak (or rib eye) cut into ½-inch chunks
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup good dry red wine
3 (14 oz.) cans beef stock
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes in their juice
2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
Heat oil in a Dutch oven over high heat until almost smoking. Season the beef generously with salt and pepper and cook for about a minute (turning only once) until it sears on both sides. You're looking for caramelization on the meat but you don't want to overcook it because it will finish cooking in the soup. Remove from pot; set aside.
In the same pot, melt the butter and saute the onions, carrots, celery and bay leaf until they begin to soften, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the flour and stir constantly for another 2 to 3 minutes, scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pot (lots of flavor here!). You may not realize it, but you're making a roux, which will thicken your soup a bit later. It's important to cook the "rawness" out of the flour so don't skimp on this step! Stir in the wine, stock, tomatoes and the thyme. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for at least 15 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
Stir the beef and the drippings back into the soup, cook about 2 more minutes for medium rare, or until desired doneness. Adjust the seasonings as needed and serve in large bowls. This soup really does eat like a meal.