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Roasted Red Pepper Stew

Falll 2007 

It has been very stormy here lately. As you can see, this picture is the road to my house. I love stew on a cold day. Plus I can make a double or triple batch and freeze the extra for another day. This stew was a big hit the other day. In the summer when peppers are cheap, I dry cubed peppers for winter use. If you have not dried peppers, they are so much better homemade.  

Also if you have never used smoked paprika before, I highly recommend it. It is sooo much more flavorful then regular paprika. I am lucky enough to get it in my bulk section. My favorite is El Rey from Spain.

I added some orzo (rice shaped pasta) in the end, to fill out the stew. Also I added a cup of pureed broccoli. As I have posted before, I hate broccoli and find ways to hide it. I just pulled out a small baggie of frozen broccoli, (I had pureed and froze earlier) and stirred till it melted in the stew.

Lastly, do not skip the part of browning the meat. I know it is a hassle but it will not taste as good, if you do not do it.

Roasted Red Pepper Stew

1 1/2 pounds cubed stew meat

flour with a pinch of salt and pepper to coat meat

1 onion, finely chopped

3 TBL. dried red peppers

1/3 cup dry sherry or wine or 1/4 cup cider vinegar

2 TBL.smoked paprika

3 garlic cloves finely chopped or crushed

2 TBL. salt and 1 tsp. pepper


3 red peppers, to roast

1 cup orzo

In a heavy soup pot, heat oil on high. Coat each piece of meat in flour mixture and set in hot oil. Do not crowd pan, brown two sides of meat and pull out and set aside. Keep browning and adding oil as needed, till all meat is browned. Add onions and saute a minute or so, then deglaze pan with sherry. Re-add meat and cover with broth. Add spices, dried peppers and garlic. Cover and simmer on low heat for two hours or more. Till meat is very tender. While meat is cooking, roast peppers.

When meat is cooked, turn heat up to medium high. If there is not much liquid add a cup or two of water. Then add orzo and cook ten minutes. Keep an eye on the pasta, stirring or it will stick to bottom of pan. Add chopped roasted peppers. Serve with a lot of bread and a big salad.

Since this stew has Spanish paprika and peppers, I think this Spanish rice pudding would be a wonderful dessert xoxoxoxo



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Pearl Maple

Soup is perfect for the cooler weather and dried or roasted peppers sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipies with us.


What a beautiful road home...Stew sounds perfect for us today. It is cold and rainy here in the south. I will give it a try! Thank you for sharing your recipe and I will have to try the smoked paprika.


There's nothing like a good homemade soup or stew on a cold day!


What beautiful autumn colors in your picture! Here in the subtropics (Gulf coast) we don't have a real fall, although we do get a break from summer's sweltering heat. And we also have lots of rain!

I love beef stew in fall and winter. Mmmm...Your recipe looks yummy.


Hi Clarice!

I adore stew on a cool day, I made a huge pot on Halloween and handed out little paper cup fulls to all my Mommys on the block :) it was chilly :) Yours looks fabulous, I must add it to my "to-try" list!! Thanks for sharing!

and thanks for your sweet comments too, they mean so much to me, I just love your blog!!

~ Hugs ~ Cynthia


Great photo!
That sounds like perfect food for the cool rainy weather we're having here.
Thanks Clarice.

Gumbo Lily

Oh Clarice, there is just nothing like a good beef stew in these chilly months. I haven't added the smoked paprika to my stews, but I'll try it again next time I make it.

Love your "On the Road Again" photo. I wish I was sitting next to you in the car.



Excellent recipe...this sounds lovely on a cold winter evening!

Lady Laurie

Dear Clarcie,
I love soups and stews on a wintry day. Down here in Mississippi we have had very wishy~washy weather, with some days downright warm. Hoping for some cooler weather so I can try your recipe!!


Dear Clarice,
It is so beautiful where you live!!! The stew sounds so good. You are such a wonderful and creative cook! I learn so much from you! Thank you for sharing your recipe.
Love, Paula


Oh so yummy! Why do I have to be allergic to peppers:-(


this will go on my winter list of wonderful things to do....



Don't you just always have the best recipes Clarice.
Hope you had a nice weekend,

Jane Marie

The stew sounds perfect for these cold days we're beginning to have. It snowed today, oh my!

Jean Tuthill

This sounds really yummy, and I will try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!


YUM! Thank you for the recipe-I will have to try this one out. It has been cooling off around here as well and that sounds easy and good.

the pleasures of homemaking

Sounds yummy! One of the reasons I love fall is that I'm much more of a cold winter meals type person than a salad person!



Your stew sounds delicious! I love smoked paprika, too.


This sounds delicious, Clarice - perfect for all the rainy dark days we've been having.


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