I did not really like this. It was just ok. I felt there was way too much beef and not nearly enough vegetables. I've eaten this twice (second time it was leftover from the prior night) and both times it just didn't sit well with me. It left an unpleasant aftertaste. I followed the recipe exactly except for the peas (not a fan of peas). I won't make this again.
Classic Beef Stew
One of the great things about stews is that the low-and-slow cooking makes even the toughest cuts of meat fork-tender. This stew calls for bottom round, a lean but tough cut of beef. Tomato paste, dry red wine, beef broth, dried thyme, a bay leaf, and an assortment of vegetables round out the dish. Since this recipe makes 8 to 10 servings, it's perfect for casual entertaining or freezing extra portions for a later date.
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- Calcium: 54mg
- Calories: 520
- Calories from fat: 0%
- Carbohydrate: 31g
- Cholesterol: 127mg
- Fat: 20g
- Fiber: 4g
- Iron: 6mg
- Protein: 48mg
- Saturated fat: 5g
- Sodium: 1061mg
- 4 pounds bottom round, well trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup olive oil (plus more if needed)
- 2 large onions, diced (2 cups)
- 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 1 pound potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
- 1/2 pound baby carrots (about 2 cups)
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
- Coat the beef in the flour. Heat a few tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the meat, a few pieces at a time, adding more oil as necessary. Transfer to a heavy casserole or a heavy, covered saucepan or Dutch oven. Add the onions to the skillet and cook over medium heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and coat the onions; transfer to the casserole. Pour the wine into the skillet and scrape up any browned bits; add to the casserole. Stir in the broth, salt, thyme, and bay leaf. Cook in the casserole in a 325° F oven for 4 hours, or in the saucepan or Dutch oven on the stovetop over low heat for about 2 1/2 hours. In either case, stir occasionally and add up to 1 cup of additional beef broth if necessary. Add the potatoes and carrots during the last hour of cooking, and the peas just before serving.
To Freeze: Omit the peas. Let the stew cool, then ladle it into resealable freezer bags. Store for up to 3 months.
To Reheat: Thaw the stew overnight in the refrigerator or thaw partially in the microwave. Warm in a covered saucepan over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes, adding the peas during the last 5 minutes.
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