Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins
Cinnamon is the secert ingredient in this hearty beef stew. It is marinated overnight and cooked in the oven. Marinating time is not included in prep time. The recipe comes from Prevention magazine.
- 3⁄4 lb well-trimed beef, cut into 1 inch cubs
- 1⁄2 cup dry red wine
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 cups beef broth or 3 cups vegetable broth
- 3 medium onions, each cut into 6 wedges
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 (6 ounce) bag Baby Spinach
- In a resealable bag, Combine the beef, wine, garlic, thyme, cinnamon and pepper.
- Seal and marinate in the refrigerator over night.
- The next day, Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Pleace the meat mixture, broth, onions and tomatoes,with juice,in a dutch oven.
- Place over high and bring to boil.
- Cover, and PLACE IN OVEN.
- Bake 1 hour.
- Stir in squash, cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
- Remove from oven, and stir in the spinach until it is wilted.
This is a wonderful, hearty stew. I made it and took the lot of it to work for a pot-luck. I used beef broth which is enhanced by the flavor of the red wine. I prepared everything ahead of time according to your recipe except for adding the spinach. I heated up the stew in the crockpot at work, then added the spinach. Turned out perfectly. The cinnamon gave a unique and delicious flavor. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
I've made this recipe a couple times using ground beef because I usually can't think far enough ahead to prepare stew meat and I need something ready in an hour. I just brown the ground beef with the stated seasonings and go from there. I like to add halved or quartered brussel sprouts to mine. Cinnamon truly is the secret ingredient that makes this stew stand out over the others that I make - my husband still hasn't guessed what that flavor is. This is one of those recipes that is even better as leftovers the next day! I highly recommend this nutritious, filling stew!
Absolutely wonderful winter stew. We loved the aroma in the kitchen and the taste was heavenly.