I didn't care for this recipe at all and neither did my family. The tapioca gave it an unappetizing a slimy texture. I also thought it lacked flavor. I followed the directions but was very disappointed.
This is a great dish! I followed the instructions completely opting for the beef broth over the wine as you allowed. The meat was very tender. I used a london broil cut that I cubed myself - find it is less fatty that way and I can control the size of the cubes. Great go-to dish that looks like I spent all day on it instead of the crock pot doing all the cooking! The broth I thickened up a bit at the end to provide more of a gravy to serve over the noodles (I did add a bit more beef broth to stretch it out before thickening). Wonderful dish that I will be preparing again and again. Made for the Pick A Chef Event Spring 2009.