Peppered Beef Soup in Toasted Bread Bowls: A Guest Post

I have wanted to ask many of my favorite foodie bloggers to guest post here in on ‘La Bella Vita Cucina’ for sometime. Today I am THRILLED to share a guest post from one of my absolute favorite food bloggers, Jessica from “Kitchen Bellicious. Jessica writes an AMAZING blog on which she features fabulous recipes that she truly does prepare . . . and all of this while raising two small children. I don’t know how many of her recipes that I have printed out to make some day soon, but I have also prepared and shared two (2) of her recipes on my blog as well. I am so impressed with Jessica and her blog and I truly thank her dearly for her kindness to guest post on ‘la bella vita’. Please visit her soon, and I’m certain you’ll love what you read and will follow her along!
If ‘guest posting’ is something that you would be interested in doing on ‘la bella vita’, please do let me know, OK? Thanks!
And now here is Jessica’s delicious and super-yummy soup in a bread bowl recipe that is not only creative (who can resist a ‘bread bowl’?), but is also perfect for this autumnal time of year in the States when the temperatures are dipping in most of the country and when we enjoy more comforting soups to warm our souls.
From Jessica:

Enjoy comfort in a bowl!

This hearty slow cooked meal will remind you of the comfort and joy of being home and enjoying dinner together as a family. Peppered Beef Stew served in a crispy toasted bread bowl is a simple twist on the classic pot roast with all the fixings. From carrots, celery and potatoes to the flavor of slow cooked onions and mushrooms mixed with a touch of beer, red wine and Worcestershire, this amazing bowl of goodness will impress even your hardest clients (your family).

I grew up on pot roast, so to speak. It was a tradition in our family, especially one for holidays or family gatherings after church. When the cold weather began trickling in you were sure to find the smell of slow cooked pork roast lingering through the house with a side of – –you guessed it – – bread! Even to this day, when I make pot roast I am reminded of growing up and it still puts a smile on my face!

I have done my “generational” pot roast recipe on Kitchen Belleicious before so I wanted to do something different with it, a twist on an old classic and modernize what some think of as old food. By “roasting” pre-cut roast meat or stew meat and adding the fixings one would find in a standard soup I was able to bring you the most incredible bowl of comfort. The toasted bread bowls are just an added extra, making the soup fun and exciting. Besides what is soup without bread? That’s what I thought!

Tip: Make easy at home croutons with the center of the toasted bread bowls. Cut the reserved bread in cubes and place in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and a few of your favorite dried herbs and bake at 400 degrees (F) for 7-9 minutes!

Peppered Beef Soup in Toasted Bread Bowls
(courtesy of Southern Living)

1 package of baby carrots
2 stalks of celery
6 small Yukon gold potatoes, quartered
1 small Vidalia onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 can of beef stock
1 can of beer
2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
½ cup AP flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly cracked pepper
1 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1 /2 lb beef stew meat
2-3 TBSP vegetable oil
3 loaves frozen bread dough

Rinse the stew meat and pat dry.
Combine the flour, salt, pepper, cajun seasoning and garlic powder in a Ziploc bag.
Add the roast and shake to coat.
Sear the roast over medium to low heat in a cast iron skillet for 5-6 minutes (1-2 min per side) until browned on all sides. (I like to brown mine to the point of almost no return:)
Place the rmeat in a slow cooker and add in the remaining ingredients except for the cheese and bread dough.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours until fork tender.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.

For the Bread Bowls:

Follow package directions for thawing the dough.
Once the dough has been thawed and properly risen.
Divide each loaf into 4 large rounds, resulting in a total of 12 bread rounds.
Place each round on a lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake in the oven at 350 for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
Remove and allow to cool before cutting out the center of the bread rounds using a knife and spoon.
Keep the leftover bread for dipping….
Spoon the stew into each round and enjoy!

THANKS Jessica for sharing this wonderful, comfort soup with us!

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  1. says

    I saw this on pinterest and can’t wait to try it! My husband brought home a deer and I needed something to do with the stew meat, this is perfect. Thank you for inviting Jessica to guest post, I am looking forward to visiting her blog!

    • says

      Hi! Deer is a great idea and would be perfect in this dish. I actually used deer last year when I made it. My family loves to hunt:) Just be sure to really soak the deer first to get out some of the game flavor and nicely coat it with the flour and seasonings before searing.

  2. says

    This stew looks amazing Jessica, just like all of your dishes. It’s pure comfort cooking and something I know my hubby and kids would devour. I especially like that it’s served up in a bread bowl. I’m a carb girl, so you know I like that!

  3. says

    Hi Roz! I’m a regular reader of Jessica’s blog and I stopped by to read her post. I just wanted comment that your blog is beautiful. I absolutely love your header. It’s so full of color and emits happiness. I can’t wait to check out more!

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