The Ultimate Beef Stew

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This classic warm-you-up stew becomes even more comforting when made with well-marbled pot roast rather than the usual stewing beef. The fat melts slowly as it cooks, tenderizing the beef into juicy melt-in-your-mouth morsels. A slow finish in the oven gives the stew its rich, hearty texture.

  • Prep time 50 minutes
  • Total time 2 hours & 30 minutes
  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: February 2015

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1.5 kg boneless beef blade roast cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm cubes)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 450 g mini white potatoes scrubbed and quartered
  • 3 large carrots cut in 1 1/2-inch thick (4 cm) chunks (halve bigger pieces)
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups sodium-reduced beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cups pickled cocktail onions drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cups frozen peas

Method

In large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and pepper; toss with beef to coat.

In large Dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp of the butter and the oil over medium heat; working in small batches, cook beef, stirring, until browned, about 20 minutes total. Using slotted spoon, remove to bowl; set aside.

Add remaining butter to Dutch oven; cook celery and onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits, for 2 minutes.

Return beef and any juices to Dutch oven. Add potatoes, carrots, thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Stir in broth and Worcestershire sauce; bring to boil, stirring occasionally to loosen any remaining browned bits from bottom.

Cover and braise in 350 F (180 C) oven for 45 minutes. Stir in cocktail onions; cover and braise for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook until vegetables are tender and beef offers no resistance when pierced with tip of knife, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in peas; cook for 5 minutes.

Skim any fat from surface of stew; remove thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Change it up - The Ultimate Beef and Mushroom Stew: In large Dutch oven, melt 1 tbsp butter over medium heat; cook 1 pkg (227 g) button or cremini mushrooms, trimmed, stirring occasionally, until tender, golden and no liquid remains, about 7 minutes. Using slotted spoon, remove to bowl; set aside. Continue with recipe as directed, returning mushrooms to Dutch oven along with beef.

Nutritional facts per each of 8 servings: about

  • Fibre 3 g
  • Sodium 780 mg
  • Sugars 4 g
  • Protein 40 g
  • Calories 498.0
  • Total fat 27 g
  • Potassium 731 mg
  • Cholesterol 122 mg
  • Saturated fat 11 g
  • Total carbohydrate 21 g

%RDI

  • Iron 35.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 17.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 6.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 74.0
  • Vitamin C 18.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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