Like most of my recipes, this is simplistic and (easy enough) the recipe can be doubled.
This Autumn, treat yourself, and your family to this hearty meal...it makes good sense to prepare a large pot of this aromatic stew.
What you will Need:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 pound boneless beef stewing meat, trimmed & cut into inch cubes
3-5 teaspoons olive oil (or vegetable oil) for browning beef
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 cup red wine
4 cups beef broth
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon herbs de provence (with lavender if you can find)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 medium onion, peeled and chopped
5 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2 teaspoons kosher salt
ground pepper to taste
|Herbs de Provence|
1. Combine the flour and pepper in a bowl, add the cubed beef and coat well. In large pot, add 3 teaspoons of oil and heat, adding about 1/2 beef. Turn the beef cubes until browned on all sides; repeat with remaining beef cubes. Add more oil if needed. Remove beef from the pot, saving browned bits in pot.
2. Add the vinegar and wine to the pot, scraping the pan to loosen bits. Add the beef, beef broth, bay leaves, herbs and tomato paste. Stir and bring to boil, cover pot and reduce to slow simmer. Cook about 1 1/2 hours, until the beef is tender.
3. Add the onions and carrots, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the potatoes, salt and pepper (to taste) and simmer for an additional 30 minutes. Beef Stew is rich meal and doesn't really require a side...However, you can pair it with fresh baked french bread, rolls or cornbread and a nice glass of red wine.