Hearty Beef Stew
|3||Pound||beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2" cubes|
|1||Teaspoon||ground black pepper|
|1||Cup||bacon, sliced into 1/2" pieces|
|2||each||medium-large onions, chopped (2 cups)|
|3||each||garlic cloves, minced|
|3||Tablespoon||all purpose flour|
|1||Cup||full-bodied red wine|
|2||Cup||homemade chicken broth or low-sodium canned broth|
|4||each||large carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4" thick or 1/2 lb. baby carrots|
|5||each||red bliss potatoes, washed and cut into quarters|
- Place meat in a large bowl.
- Sprinkle with 1 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper; toss to coat.
- Heat 2 Tbsp. oil over medium-high heat in a large non-reactive soup kettle; add meat to pan in two batches.
- Brown meat on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch, adding an additional 1 Tbsp. oil if necessary.
- Transfer meat to a platter.
- Add bacon to pot and let it cook for 4 minutes, add onions to pot; sauté‚ until almost softened, 4-5 minutes.
- Add in the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes.
- Reduce heat to medium and add garlic; continue to sauté‚ for about 30 seconds.
- Stir in flour and cook until lightly browned, 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in wine, scraping up any browned bits that may have stuck to pan.
- Reduce the wine by half.
- Add chicken broth, bay leaves; bring to simmer.
- Add meat and return to a simmer.
- Simmer until meat is just tender, 2 1/2-3 hours.
- The stew should be covered, and barely any bubbling.
- At approximately 15 minutes before the stew is done, add carrots, celery and potatoes to simmering stew.
- Once vegetables are added turn off heat, cover and let stand to blend flavors, about 5 minutes (stew can be cooled at this point, covered and refrigerated up to 3 days).
- Note: This recipe can be made without the wine, substitute with additional chicken stock.