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Like a good chili or chicken noodle soup, homemade beef stew is one of those dishes that is just good to have in your back pocket. It’s a dish that will serve you well through long winters and family visits and other small moments of need. Making one isn’t hard and will surely nourish you through several meals. Here’s my tried-and-true method for making a very good beef stew. There are a few non-negotiable steps to making a beef stew. First, you must sear the meat. Truly sear.
Fennel sausages braised with lemony potatoes and bay leaves
The perfect sausages for this dish are those from specialist Italian or Continental delicatessens, luganega, which come in one long length. If you are using ordinary sausages, add a teaspoon of fennel seeds to the onions when frying.