Prep 12 hrs
Cook 2 hrs
This is my favourite stew recipe. It's a bit expensive to make and little fussy to prepare but well worth the time and expense. Besides, the smell alone while it's cooking is worth the trouble!
- 2 lbs stewing beef, cut into 1 inch chunks
- 2 cups red wine
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 onion, cut into quarters
- 1 clove garlic
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 6 slices bacon, diced
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 1⁄2 cups beef stock
- salt and pepper
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 12 mushrooms, quartered if large
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- In a large bowl combine beef, wine, bay leaf, cloves, onion and garlic.
- Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 4-12 hours.
- Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in large skillet and cook bacon until crispy; remove and set aside to drain.
- Remove beef from marinade and pat dry.
- Discarde marinade, reserving onion and garlic.
- Dredge beef with flour to coat.
- Brown on all sides in remaining bacon drippings in skillet, adding more butter if needed.
- Place browned beef in oven-proof casserole dish.
- Add onion and garlic from marinade, the thyme, beef stock and salt and pepper to taste.
- Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until meat is tender.
- In skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of butter and cook mushrooms until golden brown.
- Stir in crispy bacon and season with salt and pepper.
- When stew is done, serve with mushrooms and bacon and sprinkle with parsley.
At step 1, I decided to cut the meat into large chunks, then by marinating it in a tall deep dish (rather than a shallow one) I was able to only use 2 cups of wine. I also reserved 3/4 cup of that wine marinade to use instead of some water-there by reducing the cost and waste of good drinkable wine(-; I think it was a good descision, and I think next time, a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste would deepen the flavour a bit more.
Used a good quality meat and a full-bodied wine but marinated just about 4 hours; would have been better marinated a full 12 hours or even overnight. Maybe next time. Smell just delicious while in the oven but I think next time, I'll try the crockpot too. TFS
Superb...the whole family purred at this one. Thanks Carrie!