It’s getting colder here in Seattle, and the temperatures were going to drop to freezing for the night. This chilly weather really made me want comforting, warm, get in my belly kind of food! So I went about making a filling and satisfying beef stew. It’s really simple and super satisfying. Basically, just sauté everything, put in the oven and forget about it. Be creative and use whatever vegetables you have. I made a larger batch for leftovers and it reheats great. Make some stew, have some wine, light the fire, turn on the music and enjoy a cold November evening. Bon Appetit!
3 lbs. large chunked stew meat (I used chuck roast and cut it myself)
2 c. chopped bacon
4 carrots peeled and cut into large chunks
4 ribs celery, cut into large chunks
1 1/2 large onions cut into large chunks
6 whole garlic cloves
1 lb. mushrooms cut in half (I used cremini)
5 sprigs thyme
3 sprigs rosemary
3-4 cups veal or beef stock (you can use water too)
3 cups red wine
2-3 T. cornstarch
1/2 c. olive oil
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Season meat with salt and pepper and set aside. In a large dutch oven or heavy pot heat oil on medium high until hot. Sauté bacon 3-4 minutes until cooked halfway (not crispy). Pull out and set aside. In batches, add stew meat and brown. Remove and set aside. Discard half of the oil, reserving some for sautéing the vegetables. Add the carrots, celery and onions and garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
Add the beef and sauté for another minute. Add the red wine and reduce to half. Add stock, thyme, rosemary and mushrooms. Cover and put in oven. Cook for approximately 1 1/2 hours or until meat is fork tender. When done, bring pot to stovetop over medium high heat. Combine cornstarch with 1/2 c. of the stew sauce from the pot. Mix until smooth and add half to the simmering stew. Bring to a boil until thickened. Add the rest of the cornstarch mixture if you want a thicker stew.
This is great served with mashed potatoes, rice or just by itself!! Enjoy!! As you know we have a video on our Instagram.
Beijos e Tchau!
Have a great weekend!