The Ultimate Beef StewFrom jeannej 8 years ago
- /4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, for frying, plus more to drizzle shopping list
- 3 tablespoons butter shopping list
- 2 cups all-purpose flour shopping list
- 2 to 3 pounds beef chuck shoulder roast, cut into 2-inch pieces (this cut is also called chuck shoulder pot roast and chuck roast boneless) shopping list
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper shopping list
- 1 bottle good quality dry red wine (recommended: Burgundy) shopping list
- 8 fresh thyme sprigs shopping list
- 6 garlic cloves, smashed shopping list
- 1 orange, zest removed in 3 (1-inch) strips shopping list
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves shopping list
- 2 bay leaves shopping list
- 2 1/2 cups beef stock shopping list
- 9 small new potatoes, scrubbed clean and cut in 1/2 shopping list
- 1/2 pound carrots, peeled and sliced shopping list
- 2 cups frozen pearl onions, a large handful shopping list
- 1 pound white mushrooms, cut in 1/2 shopping list
- 1/2 pound garden peas frozen or fresh shopping list
- fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, for garnish shopping list
- horseradish sour cream, recipe follows, for garnish shopping list
- toasted peasant bread, recipe follows, for serving shopping list
- horseradish Sour Cream: shopping list
- 1 cup sour cream shopping list
- 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish shopping list
- olive oil shopping list
- salt and pepper shopping list
- chives, finely chopped, as garnish shopping list
- toasted peasant Bread: shopping list
- 1 loaf peasant bread, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces shopping list
- extra-virgin olive oil shopping list
- 4 garlic cloves, halved shopping list
- Chopped parsley leaves shopping list
How to make it
- Preheat a large heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat with the oil and butter.
- While the pan is heating, arrange the flour on a large dish. Season the cubed beef with some salt and freshly ground black pepper and then toss in the flour to coat. Shake off the excess flour and add the beef chunks in a single layer to the hot pan, being careful not to over crowd the pan, you might have to work in batches. Thoroughly brown all of the cubes on all sides. Once all the meat has been browned remove it to a plate and reserve.
- Add the wine to the pan and bring up to a simmer while you scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon being sure to loosen up all those tasty bits. Once the wine has gotten hot add the browned meat, thyme, smashed garlic, orange zest strip, ground cloves, freshly ground black pepper and salt, to taste, bay leaves and beef stock. Bring the mixture up to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook uncovered until the liquids start to thicken, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cover and cook on low heat for 2 1/2 hours.
- After 2 hours add halved potatoes, sliced carrots, pearl onions and mushrooms, along with a pinch of sugar to balance out the acid from the red wine. Turn the heat up slightly and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes more, until the vegetables and meat are tender. Add the frozen peas during the last minute of cooking. Season with salt and pepper and remove the thyme sprigs.
- To serve, place the stew in a soup bowl, garnish with parsley, drizzle with olive oil and add a dollop of Horseradish Sour Cream. Right before serving add a slice of Toasted Peasant Bread, half way submerged in the stew.
- Horseradish Sour Cream:
- Combine sour cream, prepared horseradish and a drizzle of olive oil in a small bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper. Add a dollop of the mixture on top of the stew and garnish with chopped chives.
- Toasted PePreheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
- Put a sheet pan in the oven so that it gets good and hot.
- Place the bread slices on the hot sheet pan. Drizzle the bread with the extra-virgin olive oil bake for 5 minutes, until the bread is nicely toasted. Rub the bread slices with the garlic cloves, and discard garlic. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
- Yield: 4 to 6 servings
The Cookjeannej Raleigh, NC
The Rating3 people
Now this sounds great!joe1155 in Munchen loved it
wow. love this and the horseradish sauce . great post high5 thanksmomo_55grandma in Mountianview loved it
I don't know about ultimate but it does sound very good. It's a keeper for sure!
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