That's A Spicy Meatball #14

23 Dec 2009 | from

It has been a while since we at Owl has shared a jazz - recipe combo with our loyal listeners/readers.  The wait is now over as I bring you what looks like a great, hearty stew for your eating pleasure.  But first, let's find out what great music we will pair with the recipe. 

Dixon-Rhyne Project
Let's take a listen to the great Dixon-Rhyne Project that mixes together jazz, groove, jam band and jazz fusion for one tasty album to the ears.  (click artwork to buy from Owl Studios or click HERE to purchase through iTunes)  The album includes Rob Dixon on saxohpone, jazz guitar artist Fareed Haque, all-round slick drummer Kenny Phelps and the illustrious Melvin Rhyne on B-3 organ.  Now that is a lineup to pay attention to. 

HERE is the tune "Mel's Groove" from the Dixon-Rhyne Project's 2008 album Reinvention

Now that the music is beating away, let's find out what recipe Owl Studios is bringing today:

Spiced Beef Stew with Carrots and Mint
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 12 ounces beef tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 cup sliced shallots (about 3 large)
- 8 ounces peeled baby carrots
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
- 2 1/2 cups beef broth
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint, divided

1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over high heat.
2. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. Add beef to skillet and sauté until cooked to desired doneness, about 2 minutes for medium-rare. Using slotted spoon, transfer beef to bowl.
3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet.
4. Add shallots and carrots and sauté until golden, about 3 minutes.
5 Add all spices; stir 30 seconds. Sprinkle flour over; stir 30 seconds.
6. Stir in broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until carrots are just tender, about 8 minutes.
7. Return beef to skillet; cook until sauce thickens slightly, about 1 minute.
8. Season stew to taste with salt and pepper.
9. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped mint.
10. Transfer stew to bowls. Sprinkle with remaining chopped mint and serve.

This is a great North African inspired stew that will certainly make that cold winter evening pass along with no worries, especially with great jazz from everyone's favorite american label releasing jazz artists and their music...such as The Dixon-Rhyne Project. 



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