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Bloody Mary Beef Stew with Homemade Noodles

Blizzard Juno rolled through the Northeast today, and while I didn’t get as much snow as first estimated, I was still holed up inside staying warm while most of the Northeast got slammed. It’s days like this that I just want to be in the kitchen all day. Something on the stove, something in the oven… I don’t have a snowy day go to but I love cooking something. And making my hot chocolate while cookies bake in the oven as I write this, brings me back to coming in from building snowmen with my sister to mugs of hot chocolate waiting for us. So what’s your snow day comfort food? Is it a classic chicken noodle soup? A warm hearty stew? Something roasting in the oven? Or do you prefer baking cookies or bread? Whatever your meal of choice, I hope you try this one out. It’s perfect for a day you want to warm your core and enjoy something different or comforting.

Inspired by Ree Drummonds Bloody Mary Chili, Bloody Mary’s aren’t just for brunch anymore!

1 lbs beef stew meat in chunks
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups pearl onions
3 carrots, sliced
16 oz beef stock
1/4 cup vodka
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 tbs tomato paste
1 tbs hot sauce (or less depending on your spice tolerance)
Sliced green olives for garnish

In a Dutch oven, brown meat seasoned with cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Remove meat from pan. Add onions and carrots and brown in beef drippings, 5-7 minutes. Add the beef stock to deglaze the pan. Once stock begins to bubble, add vodka, tomato sauce, tomato paste and hot sauce. Add beef back in and salt and pepper to taste. Turn stove to low and let simmer for about 2 hours.

I served with homemade noodles but feel free to use store bought egg noodles or even mashed potato. Also feel free to use celery, a typical accompaniment to Bloody Mary’s. Add this with the onion and carrot. (I don’t like celery which is why I opted it out). I love green olives in my Bloody Mary’s thus my inspiration for my garnish. Kick back and enjoy!