How To Make Trini Stewed Beef
Yield: 10 Portions
4 Lb Boneless Beef (Clod) 1 Inch pieces 1 ½ Tsp Salt 1 Tsp Black Pepper 3 Tbsp Green Seasoning 3 Tbsp Chopped Scallions ¼ Cup Chopped Onions ¼ Cup Chopped Tomatoes 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic 2 Tsp Minced Ginger 2 Pimento Peppers, minced
3 Tbsp Vegetable Oil 4 Tbsp Brown Sugar 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste 4 Cups Water 1/3 Cup Chopped Carrots 1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper Salt & Black Pepper to taste
Place cubes of beef into medium mixing bowl and season with spices and aromatics. Mix well and marinate for at least 2 hours.
Place a medium high sided iron pot on high heat. When heated add vegetable oil and swirl to cover base of the pot. Immediately sprinkle in the brown sugar.
At this time, allow sugar to progress through different caramelization stages.
Sugar should start to turn a light brown colour after 2 minutes then progress to a bubbly blond brown colour at three minutes. Stir sugar with a pot soon to evenly mix and disperse heated oil and cook for an additional 20 seconds until you see sugar develops a deep amber and intense brown colour with puffing bubbles.
Immediately add your seasoned beef cubes to the pot carefully and away from you to prevent any splashing and stir pieces in the pot to evenly coat with the browned sugar.
Once pieces are coated evenly, cover pot and let beef cook for 12 – 15 minutes as to allow it to spring its natural water.
Remove cover; beef should have developed a medium brown tinged colour and some water would have accrued at the bottom. Remove cover and allow water to dry up for 5 minutes.
Add the tomato paste and water and stir to incorporate. Place hot pepper in, reduce heat to medium, cover and let beef cook for 45 minutes.
Beef would have developed an intensified brown colour at this point and some gravy would still be present in the pot. Add the carrots and allow to cook for an additional 15 minutes, adding a cup or so of water if beef is drying up.
Remove cover, beef should be tender at this point and you can leave uncovered to cook for a few minutes to thicken gravy and produce a more intense sauce. Taste beef and sauce for seasonings.
You may want to add some additional salt, black pepper or your favorite spices at this point to tailor flavor to your desire.
Remove from heat and cover pot for 5 minutes allow beef and juices to rest before eating.
Enjoy stewed beef with Boiled Rice or Provisions, Macaroni Pie or even with Hops Bread.