For years, one of my staple recipes has been a stew/chili type dish that I love. I vary it a bit sometimes (adding mirepoix instead of just onion, for example) but the basic ingredients are:
1- Grass-fed ground beef (2 lbs, +/-)
2- Grass-fed calves liver (8 oz)
3- Canned tomatoes (42 oz), tomato sauce (8 oz), tomato paste (3 oz)
6- chili powder (1/4 cup ++)
7 - cocoa powder (1 TB +)
8 - cinnamon (1/2 tsp)
9 - oregano (2 tsp)
10-cumin (2 tsp)
11- bay leaf (one or two)
12- broth to thin
I LOVE these flavors and the nutrition of this dish, but I am looking to vary the flavor profile for when I want a change. I guess the key would be to alter ingredients #6 through #11, above. I've thought of trying for an Italian or Mediterranean take on this (basil? olives? fennel? mushrooms (sauteed first?), lemon? I love lemon, but would it work in a beef dish?). Or North African (turmeric? cilantro? eggplant (I could dice it and add it to the stew).
I have become a better cook over the past several years, but I still often want to/need to see a recipe that I can at least use as a base. I haven't entirely mastered the "a pinch of this, a dash of that, taste, repeat" method of cooking. The beef is pricey and I would hate to ruin a batch due to bad ingredient mix choices.
I would love to hear ideas from some of the great cooks on this site.