Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Nanny's Beef Stew

Nanny's Beef Stew
1 (3 pound) chuck roast, cut into 1 1/2" cubes
Salt and Pepper to season beef
3  tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1  large red onion, halved and thinly sliced
2  tablespoons tomato paste
4  cloves (2 teaspoons) minced garlic, minced
1/3  cup flour
2  cups red wine
2  cups chicken broth
2  tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2  tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
1  teaspoon dried thyme
2  bay leaves
2  teaspoons black pepper
1  bag (16 ounce) baby carrots
1  pound potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2" pieces
1  cup frozen peas, thawed

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch Oven, or soup pot, over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, pat beef dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. When the oil is hot, add ½ of the beef and cook until well browned, about 5-8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Heat 1 more tablespoon oil and brown the remaining beef. When browned, remove with a slotted spoon and place to the side with the first batch of beef. Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pot. Add the red onion and cook for a few minutes until onion is beginning to soften.  Add the tomato paste and garlic, continue cooking for 2 more minutes. Add the flour and continue cooking for another minute. Slowly add the red wine and bring to a simmer, scraping any browned bits that are on the bottom of the pot. Add the chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce and balsamic vinegar. Return the beef and any accumulated juices back into the pot along with the thyme, bay leaves and pepper. Bring to a simmer on the stovetop. 

Cover and place in the oven and cook for 1 hour.

After 1 hour, add the carrots and potatoes, return to the oven and continue cooking for another hour or until the beef is tender.
Remove from the oven and stir in the peas. Let sit covered for 5 minutes. Season as needed with additional salt and pepper.



Linked to these great parties:
Katherine Martinelli Beef Blog Hop
Miz Helen's Country Cottage Full Plate Thursday
Addicted to Recipes Scrumptious Sunday Link Party
Everyday Mom's Meals Church Supper
Mandy's Recipe Box Totally Tasty Tuesday


  1. Yum, this looks just like my mom's beef stew, but your's is a little fancier with the red wine and balsamic!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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