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Friday, December 03 2010
Polenta (see recipe below)
1/4 cupall-purpose flour
1 teaspoondried thyme, crushed
1 teaspoondried basil, crushed
1/2 teaspoonsalt
1/2 teaspoonpepper
2-1/2 poundsboneless beef chuck steak or lamb stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
8 ouncesboiling onions, peeled
4 mediumcarrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
6 clovesgarlic, minced
1 teaspoonsnipped fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1 14-ounce canreduced-sodium beef broth
1/2 cupdry red wine
1/2 cupsnipped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cuptomato paste
  Flat-leaf parsley (optional)

1. Prepare Polenta.

2. In a medium bowl stir together flour, thyme, basil, salt, and pepper. Coat meat with flour mixture. Place meat in a 3-1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker. Add boiling onions, carrots, garlic, and dried rosemary (if using) to cooker. Add broth, 1 cup water and wine to cooker; stir to combine.

3. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Just before serving, stir parsley, fresh rosemary (if using), and tomato paste into beef mixture in cooker. Serve in bowls with reheated Polenta. Garnish with flat-leaf parsley, if desired.

Polenta: In a large saucepan bring 3 1/2 cups milk just to a simmer. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl combine 1 cup cornmeal, 1 cup cold water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Slowly add cornmeal mixture to hot milk, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until mixture is thick, stirring occasionally. Pour into a greased 2-quart square baking dish. Cover with foil and chill up to 24 hours. To reheat, bake, covered, in a 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes or until heated through. Makes 3 1/2 cups.

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