8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

The vanilla bean in this recipe is optional, but the rich flavor it imparts is well worth the addition.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 10 minutes or until tender and golden brown. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Spoon onion mixture into a large bowl.

Step 2

Place flour in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Dredge beef in flour, shaking off excess. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add half of beef mixture; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Add browned beef to onion mixture. Repeat procedure with remaining beef mixture and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Step 3

Add wine to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced to about 1 cup. Add beef mixture, broth, thyme, and vanilla bean half, if desired. Bring mixture to a simmer. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1 hour or until beef is just tender.

Step 4

Discard thyme sprigs and vanilla bean half. Stir in celeriac and dried plums. Simmer, uncovered, 1 hour or until beef and vegetables are very tender and sauce is thick, stirring occasionally.

Ratings & Reviews

LauraAFerguson's Review

December 24, 2013
great recipe

sharon430's Review

January 28, 2011
This is the best beef stew I have ever eaten. I had to add some carrots to it and in the future I might throw in some other vegetables - that's my preference. As is, it has a rich taste, and is full of flavor. I loved it!

san2007's Review

September 16, 2009
Tasty recipe, I served it with butternut squash, potato and swede mash with chives and green beens. I will make it again during the winter. I cut down the cooking time to 15 mins using a pressure cooker after I had browned the meet onions and garlic. Also I didn't use oil - I used a low cal spray.