I had never tried this beef stew recipe (another one for the ugly-but-delicious files, apparently), because I had a nice reliable recipe for beef stew that uses the slow cooker. So why should I venture out of my comfort zone to try something bold and new? Bacon, that’s why!
This may replace the recipe in our regular rotation, and one batch was enough for one meal and plenty of leftovers, as well as a huge amount to freeze for a friend. In my haste to gobble up the first portion, I forgot to take a picture, so what you’ll see here is a photo of leftovers. Not quite as visually appealing, but still awfully tasty.
Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, pp. 124-125