Columbian Beef & Sweet Potato Stew
1 lb boneless beef chuck
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 ½ teaspoons olive or vegetable oil
3 cups 1-inch pieces peeled sweet potatoes
2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
2 whole cloves
1 dried bay leaf
1 stick cinnamon
1 large onion, cut into eighths
1 can (28 oz) whole tomatoes, undrained
8 dried apricots, cut in half
Chopped fresh parsley, if desired
Reviews from the Brownlee Test Kitchen:
4 yr old: "I wanted soup. Are these carrots?" Daddy: "They are carrot-ish."
10 yr old: "I'm sure it would be good if you liked sweet potatoes. But you know that I don't like sweet potatoes."
12 yr old: "Oh, it's great. Except for the apricots. Here, do you want mine that I found?" (Should be noted that she only ate half her bowl.)
Husband: "I like it. It has an interesting taste. It would also be good with chicken." (It should also be noted that my husband is the least picky person I have know. He likes everything.)
The Cook: "It's too heavy on the sweet potatoes. And I like sweet potatoes! I think I would half it next time with regular potatoes. But I do like the cinnamon flavour."
The Verdict: No thumbs up, 3 sideways thumbs to try it again with some changes, one four year old ignoring us to go play with her playdough.