Out here in California we are staring to see signs of spring, but I know that all my friends in the Mid-West and on the East are still firmly lodged in the throws of winter. Here’s a recipe for a lovely beef stew that I like to serve over a creamy polenta.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 red onion
2 cloves garlic
3 carrots cuts into 1/2″ pieces
3 stalks of celery cut into 1/2 pieces
2 pounds stew beef cut into 1″ cubes
2 1/2 cups good quality red wine (I used a Merlot)
1 cup of water or beef stock
8 sprigs fresh thyme or 1/2 tablespoon dry thyme.
3 medium tomatoes, halved (or one small can of diced red tomatoes, drained of most their juices)
1/4 cup of flour
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Lightly dredge the beef in the flour
In a hot dutch oven add a tablespoon of oil. Once the oil is hot add the meat and brown well on all sides. Remove the beef and add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic to the pot. Allow them to cook until the onions are slightly softened. Add the thyme, salt, pepper and wine. Simmer until the beef is fall apart tender and the stew is thick. Serve over creamy polenta or with garlic bread and a salad.
This also cooks well in the slow cooker, after browning the meat, add all ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on low 6-8 hours.
I put this in my slowcooker before I left for work this morning and my husband had a bowl for lunch. The picture is courtesy of him and his I-Phone.
Please note the placement of the thyme stem. I told him that part could to be tossed but he insisted he like the artistic quality it lent to the picture. :)Pin It Jump to Comments!