Prep 25 mins
Cook 3 hrs
The sour cream is an unusual add-in for a beef stew, but it adds a lovely richness. This stew is definitely homey, but good enough for company.
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 slices bacon, finely chopped
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 carrot, peeled and sliced into thick coins
- 1 stalk celery, thickly sliced
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (you can use less, if you wish)
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 lbs stewing beef, in large cubes
- 1⁄2 cup red wine
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 1⁄2 cups peeled white pearl onions (optional)
- 1⁄2 lb button mushroom, cleaned and left whole
- 1 cup sour cream (lowfat is fine)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley
- In a Dutch oven over medium heat, melt butter and add oil.
- Add bacon pieces to fat and cook, stirring often, until bacon starts to brown.
- Add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, worcestershire, and herbs and spices.
- Cook, stirring often, until onion is softened (it takes about 5 minutes).
- Pat beef cubes dry with a paper towel, if necessary, then dredge in flour until cubes are evenly coated.
- Increase heat under Dutch oven to medium-high and cook beef, adding a few pieces at a time to pan; let pieces brown before adding new ones.
- When all beef cubes have browned, add wine to pan and cook for 1 minute, stirring and scraping up any brown bits on bottom of pan.
- Add chicken stock and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low, partially cover pot, and let simmer for one hour.
- Stir in pearl onions; if you don't want to be bothered peeling the pearl onions, substitute 1-1/2 cups of cubed yellow onion.
- Continue to cook on low heat, partially covered, for another hour.
- Remove pot lid and add mushrooms; simmer for 30 additional minutes; beef should be very tender.
- Just before serving, remove pot from heat and stir in sour cream and parsley; return to heat to heat through; DO NOT ALLOW TO BOIL.
- Taste, add more salt and pepper if necessary, fish out bay leaf (if you can find it) and discard, and serve.
- I serve it with rice (personal preference) but mashed potatoes or egg noodles also work well.
I made the recipe exactly as written with the exception of the sour cream. Since DH doesn't like sour cream, I substituted creme fraiche. This recipe was very delicious...there was only one complaint - I didn't make enough. There were 6 of us, and only 6 servings. Next time, I'll double the recipe!
lovely! my partner made this for us last night, followed the recipe to the letter as far as i know, and it was very excellent. Loving the different flavours that are added with the mushrooms and sour cream and also the cayenne. Thanks for sharing
This is a great recipe, I'm so glad I tried it! It's not your typical beef stew - the sour cream and mushrooms really add something special and unique. We loved it! Next time we might use a little less thyme and a few more carrots and celery stalks, but aside from this personal preference the recipe needs no tweaking. We served ours in bread bowls and will likely be repeating it for 20 or so guests at our wedding ceremony! Thanks so much for a great recipe!