If you’ve not yet enjoyed Gardein’s delicious, vegan, fake meat products, I very much encourage you to do so. I’ve tried several of them and they’re all fabulous in my opinion. (The seven grain crispy tenders are my favorite!) For dinner last night I made beefless stew using Gardein Beefless Tips. I mostly followed a recipe on their site but with a few changes/additions of my own. I am really happy with the results. If you liked beef stew as a kid (even if you picked out the beef chunks like I did) or you want to make a hearty stew for a meat and potatoes sort of person, you should make this.
1 tbs minced garlic
1 small yellow onion
3 celery stalks
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp Poultry Magic
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp celery seed
3 tbsp all purpose flour
3 cups vegetable stock
3/4 cup dry red wine (I used pinot noir cuz that’s what was available.)
1/4 cup water
5 small red potatoes
3 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp vegan Worcestershire Sauce
2 drops of Liquid Smoke
1 cup frozen peas
1 package of Gardein Beefless Tips
1. Wash, trim, and chop onion, celery, carrots, and red potatoes.
2. In a big soup pot with a lid, saute the garlic, onion and celery in olive oil for 3-5 minutes.
3. Stir in the carrots, thyme, Poultry Magic, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and celery seed and cook for 3-5 more minutes.
4. Stir in the flour then pour in the vegetable broth, red wine, and water while continuing to stir.
5. Add the red potatoes. Bring to a boil then turn the burner to low. Stir in the soy sauce, vegan Worcestershire sauce, and Liquid Smoke. Put the lid on and let the stew simmer for 30 minutes.
6. In a separate pan, saute the Gardein Beefless Tips in vegetable oil according to the package directions. Set aside.
7. Taste the broth and add salt, pepper, and other seasonings to taste. Stir in the frozen peas. Simmer for five minutes.
8. Add the cooked Beefless Tips and simmer for 5 more minutes.
We drank a new-to-us bottle of Malbec with it. They went really well together.
If you have leftovers, you might want to take the beefless tips out of the stew and store them separately, as a precaution. The creator of the original recipe seems to be concerned that the fake meat will disintegrate if left in liquid for an extended period. I had leftover stew for lunch today – 5 star leftovers. For real.