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Old 11-23-2014, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Last night, I made a beef stew (brisket, many type of beans, potato, feta). I do the spices first, putting the peanut butter down on the olive oil and then the spices into the peanut butter (garlic, onion, chilli powder, paprika, cayenne, tobasco, oregano, Italian seasoning, rosemary, dill) and then put the rest o the stuff in. Finally, I use a tea as the stew water.

Last night, I tasted a very delightful "sequence" in the stew but couldn't place it. You think it might have been the dill reacting with the peanut butter, perhaps with the brisket as well?
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Old 11-23-2014, 12:10 PM
 
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I am not trying to be rude but you have so many spices and flavors going on there that I doubt it was just the dill.

Taking it bit by bit: Peanut butter-that does well in a tablespoon form. It gives a nuttiness to stew. (I make an African nut stew that uses PB as a shortcut)

The herbs-dill and rosemary doesn't quite go with oregano and italian seasoning. it's usually one group or the other. Dill and rosemary are very strong on their own or with each other if it's Greek. (I say usually as there are some recipes that will mix)

The spices, chili powder, cayenne and paprika. These three will make it chili like and again, with the mix of herbs above, it's quite unusual.

So you are making essentially 3 meals from a very different flavor palate into one. It's bound to taste muddled. Kind of like what happens when you mix all the vibrant beautiful paint colors of the rainbow into one. It will be a muddy brown/grayish/black.

I haven't even touched the fact you used tea, yet another delicate flavor lost among all the herbs and spices and condiments you used. Feta cheese...which again with all the flavors above, would also be lost.

Try simplifying it and just use one grouping at a time.
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Old 11-23-2014, 01:12 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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LOL - saw the thread title and thought ...
"I grew up on peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches!"
My big brother introduced me to them. I still have them occasionally

If I put peanut butter with any kind of meat/poultry - it's definitely going to be an asian-flavored meal.
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Old 11-23-2014, 03:21 PM
 
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I don't see how any of us could tell what is going on with these taste's, because you have ingredients listed, but no recipe. I make beef stew that most people seem to enjoy, but it doesn't have peanut butter or dill in it, it has beef and vegetables along with a can of V8 juice.
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