Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Parker's Beef Stew

Carl was watching Barefoot Contessa one day and saw this recipe, he immediately asked me to make it. Well, I kind of forgot about the stew, even after I specifically bought stew meat at Sam's when it was marked down! I asked Carl what he wanted for dinner when he got home this week, and he promptly responded with STEW! I looked around for a little while to see if I found one that sounded better than this, but nothing seemed to compare. Meat and potatoes were staples...but all the additions to this one sounded heavenly! The prep time was rather intensive. I'd say it took me about an hour of prep and then the cook time was 2 hours, but the smells were worth those two hours and the taste backed it up! You could definitely taste the wine and rosemary- one herb I've never cooked with before today! Yay!


* 2 1/2 pounds good quality chuck beef, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
* 1 (750-ml bottle) good red wine (I only used about 3/4 of the bottle...what? I wanted a glass of it!)
* 2 whole garlic cloves, smashed
* 3 bay leaves
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* Kosher salt
* Freshly ground black pepper
* Good olive oil
* 2 yellow onions, cut into 1-inch cubes
* 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut diagonally in 1 1/2-inch chunks
* 1/2 pound white mushrooms, stems discarded and cut in 1/2
* 1 pound small potatoes, halved or quartered
* 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
* 2 cups or 1 (14 1/2-ounce can) chicken stock or broth
* 1 large (or 2 small) branch fresh rosemary
* 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (I'm not a fan...so I left these bad boys out)
* 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
* 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas


*I DID NOT DO THIS- I just marinated it for 2 hours the day of* Place the beef in a bowl with red wine, garlic, and bay leaves. Place in the refrigerator and marinate overnight.

The next day, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Combine the flour, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 tablespoon pepper. Lift the beef out of the marinade with a slotted spoon and discard the bay leaves and garlic, saving the marinade. In batches, dredge the cubes of beef in the flour mixture and then shake off the excess. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot and brown half the beef over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, turning to brown evenly. Place the beef in a large oven-proof Dutch oven and continue to brown the remaining beef, adding oil as necessary. (If the beef is very lean, you'll need more oil.) Place all the beef in the Dutch oven.

Heat another 2 tablespoons of oil to the large pot and add the onions, carrots, mushrooms, and potatoes. Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Place all the vegetables in the Dutch oven over the beef. Add 2 1/2 cups of the reserved marinade to the empty pot and cook over high heat to deglaze the bottom of the pan, scraping up all the brown bits with a wooden spoon. Add the chicken stock, rosemary, sun-dried tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper. Pour the sauce over the meat and vegetables in the Dutch oven and bring to a simmer over medium heat on top of the stove. Cover the pot and place it in the oven to bake it for about 2 hours, until the meat and vegetables are all tender, stirring once during cooking. If the stew is boiling rather than simmering, lower the heat to 250 or 275 degrees F.

Before serving, stir in the frozen peas, season to taste, and serve hot.

1 comment:

  1. thank goodness you posted the actual recipe! I have made this stew several times-lost the recipe and went online for some 'measurements' and couldn't pull up the foodnetwork site. Anyway, just thought I'd add a few tidbits; I quit marinating...it's really not necessary, and you don't notice any change in the flavor. Next, the entire bottle isn't necessary either (yes-i have a glass while I cook it :-) AND...I feel the same way about the sundried tom., however, I replace that with good 'ol catsup (same measurement) and it seems to add to the flavor and texture of the broth. I also throw in the mushroom stems (mushroom lovers never waste a piece!). I have had friends BEG for this recipe!!! It's the best stew I've ever had.


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