This is more Greek than Italian,. Maybe if Odysseus had been lured by the wonderful smell of this stew he would not have had himself bound to the mast but would have succumbed to the Sirens. He may have never returned to Penelope.
I am a fan of good stew beef but sometimes a bargain comes along and you have to make do :-).
I lucked out and found on sale Choice Sirloin Petite steaks for $2.99 a pound. Of course you need to expect the hidden fat but that just adds to the flavor.
Assemble your tools, good cutting block, beef, a good slicer and of course a bottle of Chianti. Medium price works great. If you are thirsty, have a beer instead.
Cut steaks into 1 inch cubes trimming excess fat at the same time.
After cutting, weigh the remaining beef. I had 4 pounds 10 ounces so I separated out 2 pounds and froze for a good Astoria Stew.
I like to weight the trash so I know what to expect in the future. I also like to weight the meat being used as it will help me determine the amount of seasoning and herbs used.
Trash pickup was 3 hours ago, bag the garbage to keep the rodents away. After all there will be 7 days to attract them.
Now I use a gallon zip lock bag to marinate the stew in. Pour in the entire 750 ml bottle of Chianti or any other red blend you like, add 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Double bag and refrigerate for several hours. I prefer overnight.
Most of the time a recipe will call for 1/2 to 1 cup of red wine. We use an entire 750 ml bottle here. Think of this as a Red Wine Stew instead of a Stew with Red Wine. There isn’t any comparison between the two. I would have still used the whole bottle if this was a normal 2lbs of beef stew.
Please go to Part 2 for the actual assembly of the stew.