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Try this tri-tip stew packed with fresh vegetables

Recipe: Leftover beef pairs with fresh tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and green beans

Vary the fresh vegetables in this stew to your taste or harvest.

Vary the fresh vegetables in this stew to your taste or harvest.

Debbie Arrington

What do you do with leftover tri-tip roast? (Besides tri-tip sandwiches.) Try this tri-tip stew.

This time of year (aka BBQ season), we tend to grill tri-tip fairly often. Which means we often have leftover cooked beef roast and the makings of a flavorful stew.

This recipe is packed with fresh tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and green beans, making great use of my late summer or early fall harvest. In winter, substitute canned tomatoes and frozen green beans.

Like any stew, the mix of vegetables is flexible. Instead of green beans, add summer squash, corn or peas.

Herbs de Provence is my favorite seasoning mix (even before I spent a week in Provence). Complementing the red wine, this herb mix typically includes rosemary, thyme, savory, oregano and lavender. To substitute, use equal parts rosemary, thyme and oregano.

Tri-tip stew with tomatoes and green beans

Makes 4 servings


2 tablespoons olive oil (and more as needed)

1 yellow onion, peeled and chopped

2 cups cooked tri-tip beef roast, cubed

¼ cup all-purpose flour

1 cup red wine

1-1/2 cups beef broth

1-1/2 cups chopped tomatoes

1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence

1 teaspoon garlic salt

½ teaspoon coarse black pepper

2 carrots, cut into coins

2 potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 1-1/2 cups)

1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces


Stew in dark blue bowl
This stew is packed with late-summer flavor.

In a heavy large pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil. Add chopped onion and sauté over medium heat until onions are soft.

Meanwhile, dust cubed cooked tri-tip with flour. Remove onion from pot and add floured meat cubes. Add a little more oil if needed. Over medium heat, brown meat cubes. Once they're browned, return onions to pot.

Add wine, beef broth and chopped tomatoes. Add Herbs de Provence, garlic salt and black pepper. Bring mixture to a boil. Add carrots and cubed potatoes. Return to boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cook covered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Make sure to scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pot into the mixture.

Add green beans; stir well. Continue cooking covered another 15 minutes or until beans are cooked and potatoes and carrots are tender.

Serve warm with crusty bread or rolls.


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This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower as well as lettuce seedlings.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with “eyes” about an inch below the soil surface.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

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