The flavor of this stew was phenomenal! I loved the Smoked Paprika and the Chili Powder - truly a deep flavor. But, I found that the stew meat did not get tender as it cooked! All my stews done on the stove turn out "melt in your mouth". This did not. I may try it again and do it on the stove rather than the oven. I used high quality meat, so I think it must be the cooking technique.
Smoky Beef Stew with Blue Cheese and Chives
EllenU Posted: 11/14/10
kajsa07 Posted: 02/20/09
This is a wonderful recipe. It is more time consuming than most stews, but well worth the effort. The blue cheese and chives are a must. I did decide to use 1 bottle wine and substituted broth for the second bottle...delicious! I am serving it tonight with crunchy french bread and a simple green salad!
jodipdx Posted: 09/18/11
We love beef bourguignon, and we love blue cheese, but this recipe showed me that they shouldn't necessarily co-habitate. While a little heat and a little smoke were tasty twists to dish, the blue cheese in this recipe amounts to nothing more than gilding the lily. It's really very good without, and overwhelmed with. I will definitely make this again, but without the cheese, which masks some very beautiful flavors.
TonyBacus Posted: 10/01/11
I am cooking this right now, and it smells wonderful. Has anyone else had their oven burst open with flames? SCARY!!! It happened at the 30 min mark, so I decided it was done with that phase. Besides, baking at 350 for an hour and a half seems excessive, maybe 300, next time. It was my first time cooking with a whole bottle of wine( i am single, so 1/2 batch) and I went with a dry red(Columbia Valley Chardon), but next time I boil it awhile longer before baking. I give it a 2 because it could have killed my cat, or singed my eyebrows, or worse!
kurvydog Posted: 11/15/11
Absolutely the best stew recipe ever. Time consuming but well worth the effort.
Jenn2u Posted: 02/17/12
This is now a hubby favorite! I substitute one of the bottles of wine for beef broth but it is still amazing. Goes very well with a sourdough boule