Basic Braised Beef

Title: Basic Braised Beef
Categories: Meat
Yield: 6 Servings

2 lb Beef chuck
1 Scallion stalk
1 Clove garlic
2 Or
3 sl Fresh ginger root
4 tb Soy sauce
2 tb Sherry
1 ts Sugar
1 ts Salt
1 ds Pepper
2 Or
3 tb Oil
3 c Water

1. Leave beef whole. Cut scallion stalk in 2-inch sections. Mince garlic
and ginger root and combine with soy sauce, sherry, sugar, salt and pepper.

2. Heat oil in a heavy pan. Brown beef quickly on all sides. Add soy-sherry
mixture and cook stirring to heat and blend (about 3 minutes). Meanwhile,
boil water.

3. Add water to beef and bring to a boil again. Simmer, covered, until beef
is tender (about 1-1/2 to 2 hours).

NOTE: You may increase the soy sauce to 1/2 cup, the sherry to 1/4 cup;
then reserve the gravy as a master sauce. (See recipe for “Master Sauce”.)

Cut the beef in large chunks. Cook only 1 hour in step 3.

Cut the beef in 1-1/2 inch cubes. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt; then
toss in 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce and 1/2 tablespoon sherry. Let stand 20 to
30 minutes, turning occasionally. Then brown as in step 2, but omit the
soy-sherry mix. Cook about 45 minutes in step 3.

Instead of browning the beef, plunge in a pan of boiling water, parboil
2 to 3 minutes, then drain.

In step 1, do not combine the soy sauce and other seasonings. Instead,
after browning the beef in step 2, cook it in the soy over medium heat,
until well colored (about 10 minutes). Then add the scallion, garlic and
ginger root; stir in the sherry, sugar, salt, pepper and 2 cups heated
stock. Cook as in step 3, but omit the boiling water.

In step 2, add any of the following:

2 cloves star anise

3 to 4 anise peppercorns and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

1-inch piece of cinnamon stick

1 piece tangerine peel (soaked)

1 tablespoon wine vinegar

During the last 30 minutes of cooking, add any of the following:

1 pound cabbage, cut in wedges

1 pound carrots, peeled and cubed

6 celery stalks, cut in 1-inch sections

1/2 pound chestnuts, parboiled

6 eggs, hardboiled and shelled

1/2 cup lily buds (soaked), cut in two

1 pound lotus root, peeled and cubed

1 cup dried black mushrooms (soaked), left whole

1 pound new potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 pound string beans, stemmed

1 pound Chinese white turnips, peeled and cubed

During the last 15 minutes of cooking, add 2 cups bamboo shoots, diced.

During the last 10 minutes of cooking, add 2 cups shelled peas or 4
tomatoes, cut in wedges.

NOTE: When adding vegetables, do not also add star anise, anise pepper,
cinnamon stick, tangerine peel or wine vinegar. (These will overwhelm the
vegetable flavors.) They are better when the beef is cooked alone.

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