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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Beef Stew from the Big Bowl of Love

An all-time favorite comfort food
Slightly adapted from Cristina Ferrare's Big Bowl of Love

Taste 4 (out of 5)

Difficulty 2 (out of 5)


- 1 1/2 lbs chuck roast, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces (1800 cal)
- 2 tbsp olive oil (240 cal)
- 1/2 cup dry red wine (100 cal)
- 1 medium yellow onion (50 cal)
- 2 garlic cloves (10 cal)
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour (110 cal)
- 1 cup chicken broth (10 cal)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 sprig of thyme
- 5 small new potatoes cut into eights (350 cal)
- 2 large Portobello mushrooms, cut into bite-size chunks (50 cal)
- 1/2 cup peas, fresh or frozen (70 cal)
- 1/2 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen (80 cal)
- 2 small carrots cut into bite-size chunks (40 cal)
- salt
- pepper
Total 4 servings, 2910 cal, 730 cal / serving


1. For this recipe you will need a Dutch oven or another pot with a lid that can be used both on the stovetop and in the oven.
2. Pat the beef dry with paper towels and season generously with salt and pepper. Heat the Dutch oven on high heat for 2 minutes, until hot, add 1 tbsp of olive oil and the beef. Lower the heat to medium high and cook the beef for 2-3 minutes, turn the beef and cook for 5 more minutes. Add 1/4 cup of wine and cook for 5 more minutes until the meat sizzles. Transfer the beef to a bowl. Sprinkle the flour over the beef and toss to coat.
3. Add the second tablespoon of olive oil, the onions and a pinch of salt to the Dutch oven and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the onions become translucent. Add the garlic, stir and cook for about 30 seconds. Add the remaining wine, the chicken broth, the bay leaf and the thyme, scrape the edges of the pan and bring the liquids to a simmer.
4. Add the meat back to the pot, and when it comes to the simmer again, cover the pot with the lid and place in an oven preheated to 375F. Cook for an hour.
5. After an hour, add the vegetables to the pot, you might need to add 1 more cup of water or broth. Taste and adjust the seasoning and place in the oven for 1 more hour to cook.

- I really loved this stew. The flavors are just great! Even veggies that I normally don’t like in stews like carrots and green peas, ended up delicious.
- The only “issue” was that some of the beef turned out a bit dry. Some was juicy and tender, but about half was a bit too dry. I don’t really know how to fix this in the future. Maybe I should add a bit more oil? Or marinate the beef before cooking? If you know the secret of unfailingly tender beef stew, please let me know :-).
- In May I won the Big Bowl of Love in a giveaway on the Chocolate Shavings blog, a beautiful blog that you MUST check out if you have not yet. I received the book right before I left on a short trip, and then I was on a detox and could not risk looking at tasty food, but now I finally got to this book. It’s really great, full of hearty comfort food recipes, with some useful tips for cooking and baking. I am so glad to have this book! Thanks so much, Jennifer, for the giveaway!


Joyti said...

It sounds like a very rich and comforting stew indeed...

Erin said...

I haven't made a stew in forever. This looks like a very comforting meal!

megi said...

I love stews, they are definitely comfort food for me. This one looks delicious with all the mushrooms and potatoes.

Chef Dennis Littley said...

that is definitely a hearty good looking stew! I can just imagine making that around a campfire this summer!

Kris @Krazy_Kris said...

Oh wow! That's a lot of ingredients for a rookie! I do believe you have me beat :D

Chocolate Shavings said...

The stew looks delicious, I'm glad you're enjoying the book!

Lisa Ho said...

I could do with a big bowl of stew... my winter comfort food :D

Carolyn said...

Yum, that's a wonderful looking stew!

Angie's Recipes said...

The stew looks wonderfully delicious to me. I would love it too.

Dreams of cakes said...

This is delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

Magic of Spice said...

I don't eat meat but prepare it for my family, and this stew looks like something they would enjoy. Beautifully prepared :)
Hope you are enjoying your weekend

Anonymous said...

Always tasty and super delicious meal:)

Cooking Gallery said...

Who doesn't like comfort food...?? This looks simply delish...!!

Sarah said...

Beef stew is just what we've been craving lately for our chilly June weather and this recipe looks wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Looks great...there are some ingredients I haven't used in stew before.

Pam said...

This is the quintessential comfort food dish and you did it perfectly! I'm new here and glad to find your blog. I'll be looking around now...

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