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Hamburger Soup or Stew May 4, 2011

Filed under: Beef and Moose,Comfort Food,Soup,What's for Dinner? — alaskafoodmom @ 6:21 am
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My mom would often throw this soup together for my family when I was growing up.  Now I know why it was such a staple.  It’s easy, economical, fast and a real comfort food in the winter.

1 lb ground moose or hamburger
1 medium onion diced
4 carrots diced
4 celery stalks diced
3 garlic cloves chopped
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
1 32 fl.oz. container low sodium beef broth, prefer free range organic
1 can chopped tomatoes in juice
1 tablespoon Kitchen Bouquet Browning & Seasoning Sauce*
1 tablespoon steak seasoning with onion, garlic, pepper, thyme, tarragon, bay leaf or other similar seasoning
½ cup frozen peas
½ cup frozen green beans
½ cup frozen corn

In a large stock pot heat olive oil over medium heat and begin to brown meat.  Add onion, carrots, celery, garlic and salt and pepper to taste.  Continue to sauté until vegetables begin to sweat.  Add in beef broth, chopped tomatoes, spices and Kitchen Bouquet.  Bring soup to a simmer and reduce heat to medium low and cook for about 20 minutes.  Add peas, green beans and corn and cook until just heated through.

*Kitchen Bouquet Browning & Seasoning Sauce is the secret ingredient that my grandma always used for her roasts, stews and gravy.  It is concentrated vegetable base that gives the meat a very unique flavor that can’t be duplicated with anything else.  Use sparingly, this sauce is very strong.  Can be found in the spice aisle or the prepared gravy aisle of your grocery store.

Variation: Hamburger Stew

Follow recipe above.  After meat has been browned add in 2 tablespoons flour and cook for about 5-7 minutes.  Add in vegetables, 1 cup diced potatoes and continue to cook as above.