Allspice in beef stew? GROSS!
Do you all put allspice in your beef stew. For all my life I have just made stew without using any recipe but I always made a tomato base stew. I wanted to make a gravy based stew so I used a recipe from my "new" Fannie Farmer cookbook which called for allspice. I thought that well maybe I was missing out on something but the ingredient seemed odd for a beef stew but I used it anyway...GROSS! Darn near ruined the whole pot of stew but it was tasty if you could overlook the smell of the allspice. It only called for a small amount so was taken aback by how potent it smelled with just a 1/4 tsp for a whole big pot of stew. So why put an ingredient like allspice in a savory dish like stew...it does NOT add! GAH! :( I also noticed the allspice in pretty much every beef stew recipe I found in the web.