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   Friday, December 4, 2020 

European Union Netherlands Aruba Baked Sweet & Sour Beef



Serves: 12 - 16 (freezes well)
Country: Aruba


  • 3 pounds top round steak or beef stew meat, cut into 3/4" cubes
  • 1 large onion cut into wedges
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup tomato catsup
  • 3/4 cup C hickory-smoked barbecue sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Roland red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 -16 ounce can pineapple chunks in natural juice
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli cut up
  • 1 each red and green bell pepper, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup sliced celery (optional)
  • 2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 -16 ounce cans sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 -32 ounce can whole tomatoes, without juice


Brown meat and onion in oil in Dutch oven or lidded casserole. Add salt, pepper, catsup, barbecue sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaf, and pineapple. Cover and bake in 375 oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. (May be done to this point and frozen. Reheat when ready to continue.)

Cook broccoli in boiling water until crisp-tender. Cook peppers until tender. Add broccoli and peppers to beef with celery, if desired, mushrooms, water chestnuts, and tomatoes. Heat through, remove bay leaf, and serve over regular and/or wild rice.

Note: For a thicker sauce, dissolve cornstarch in 1 -2 tablespoons off water. Add to beef, stirring constantly, but gently, until grave is thickened

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