Recipe: Beef Soup

So I know I’ve been OD-ing with the whole soup thing, lol; but with the weather not getting any warmer, it only seems fitting.  One soup that I have always loved is my Grandma’s soup :-)   It has the perfect amount of provisions and my favorite part is definitely the dumplings!! And so this week, keeping in line with appreciating family and also staying warm, we have Caribbean Beef Soup courtesy of Guyanese native Cynthia Nelson on About.com:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tsp oil
  • 3/4 cup diced onions
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme, divided
  • 2 lbs. bone-in stew beef, cut up
  • 1/2 cup yellow spit peas
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Water
  • 1 lb. white sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 lb. half-ripe plantains, peeled and cut into 1-inch rounds
  • 6 – 8 okra, tops and tips removed
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions (white and green parts)

Dumpling Ingredrients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder (optional)
  • Water

Directions

For Dumplings:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl except the water and mix thoroughly.
  2. Add enough water to make a dough. Knead for 1 minute and cover and set aside for 20 minutes or until ready to use.
  3. Divide the dough into 1-inch pieces, roll into balls if you like or add just as is to soups or stews 8 – 10 minutes before the soup or stew is due to finish cooking.
  4. When the dumplings are added to the pot, cover with a tight lid and do not open before 8-minute mark.

For Soup:

  1. Heat the oil in the pressure cooker or pot*.
  2. Add onions and sauté until translucent, about 2 – 3 minutes.
  3. Add 3 sprigs of thyme and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Add beef and sauté along with the onions and thyme for 3 minutes. Add split peas along with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add 5 cups of water, stir, scraping up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Close the pressure cooker and let pressure for 20 – 22 minutes. Timing begins from the first whistle. If you are using a pot, and an extra cup of water, bring to a boil, cover and then let simmer for 30 – 35 minutes.
  6. Open pressure cooker and add sweet potatoes, plantains, carrots and remaining thyme and enough water to cook the ingredients and make soup. Let cook on high heat for 12 – 15 minutes. Do not lock pressure cooker; just let the cover rest on top of the pot.
  7. Add raw dumpling dough along with okra to pot; cover and let cook for 6 – 8 minutes or until the dumpling is cooked through
  8. Taste soup for seasoning (salt and pepper) and adjust accordingly.
  9. Stir in green onions and serve.

*I make this soup in a pressure cooker but if you plan to use a regular pot, you will need to add more water to the soup and increase the cooking time.

And if you want to really impress Santa this season, soup may be the way to go :-) But if you want to do so more traditionally don’t forget to bake some cookies for his visit!

Happy “Enjoying the Holidays and Your Family” Loves :-)

 

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