Beef Stew

Hearty, easy, great for winter. I’ve never made this before. This recipe is how my dad taught me to make coq au vin; I just substituted beef and cut the vegetables into chunks rather than dicing them. The broth seemed a little thin so I thickened with roux.

Beef Stew:

five carrots

half bunch celery

whole white onion

few tbsp olive oil

salt & pepper

bottle wine

rosemary

small can tomato paste

oregano

stew meat

roux (optional)

Preparation: In a large pot heat olive oil over medium flame. Saute vegetables with salt, pepper, oregano, rosemary. Add meat and brown. Pour lots of wine into the pot to cover ingredients; if you don’t have enough you can add water or stock. Add tomato paste. Stir it up. Cook it for about an hour or until the meat is tender. If you like a thicker stew add roux (instructions below). Eat with crusty bread and more wine.

Roux:

flour

butter

Preparation: Put a couple of tablespoons of butter in a pan over medium-high heat. When the butter looks foamy add a few tablespoons of flour and whisk it furiously. The roux will get darker the more you cook it. Lighter roux has more thickening power, whereas darker roux has more flavor. Learn how to do this and be a happier cook.

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2 thoughts on “Beef Stew

  1. Looks yummy. Getting cold here; might have to make some tonight. Also, if wine isn’t available a good dark beer would work too.

  2. I ate one of the last little bites of this yesterday and it was so flavorful! Dare I say better than the vegetable puree in Ina’s company pot roast recipe? Love you, muffin.

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