Good base recipe, you can definitely make your own modifications. I add about half a cup of dry red wine. I also boil my water first and then add about four beef bullion cubes (instead of granules), get a broth going, and then stir in a few tablespoons of cold water whisked with a few tablespoons of cornstarch (instead of tapioca). This mixture gives me a nice gravy base to start off with. In the meantime I brown my beef (tossed with flour, garlic and onion powders, salt, and pepper) in a large saucepan (pot). Once it has browned I pour a little more red wine in the pot to loosen up the brown bits on the bottom (that's where the good flavor comes from), and then toss in my 'gravy' mixture and the canned tomatoes. I actually drain about half the liquid out because I add more water later. I then add all my vegetables...potatoes, celery, carrots, onions, peas...and then I add some addtional salt, garlic and onion powder, and some a few teaspoons of minced garlic (I looooove garlic) and just a pinch of sugar. I then add just enough water to cover the food, stir it up, bring to a slow boil, and then reduce heat to a nice simmer. I leave it on the stove for about an hour and then transfer to the oven for about another hour, or until the meat is tender. It's important to have enough liquid to cover your entire dish or it will come out dry and your meat will not be very tender.
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Good base recipe, you can definitely make your own modifications. I add about half a cup of...