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This was a terrific stew!! The flavors went so well together, we loved it. I had served it over some garlic mashed potatoes....Yummy!!!! I did do a few changes though. I had dredged the chuck roast pieces in a mixture of flour, dry mustard, salt and pepper and garlic powder. Then browned it in batches and took it out and then caramelized the onions and then put back in the beef and the rest of the ingredients, simmered on stove for about 45 minutes. Then I added in the other ingredients with some peas and popped it in the oven for about 1 hour at 350. There was no need for cornstarch because the beef was coated in flour first, so it was a perfect thickness already. Thanks so much for sharing a wonderful recipe evelyn!!

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FrenchBunny May 14, 2011

Absolutely delicious! We followed the recipe exactly to Step #8, using a nice cabernet. At that point, we put the cocotte in the oven at 250 for 3 hours. We then caramelized the carrots over high heat (not fully cooking them through) and set them aside. Everything smelled and looked so good, we also caramelized a package of frozen pearl onions and (separately) about a dozen quartered new potatoes. (Again, just for color, not fully cooked). We added the vegetables, along with the cornstarch slurry, after the meat had cooked slowly for three hours. 20 minutes later, the stew was perfect! The meat and sauce were divine, and the vegetables were just a bit al dente, with a very rustic appearance from the prior caramelization. (Sure beats mushy veggies the same color as the sauce!) When we poured the leftover wine with dinner, we realized the second cup (Step #11) had never made it into the dish. But, with the slow cooking and without that extra liquid, the sauce was the perfect consistency as it was. We ate it as a stew with some corn fritters, but plan to enjoy some of the leftovers over buttered noodles. We'll definitely be making this one again. Delicious!

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~Lauri~ October 11, 2009

Amazing! Not overly complicated to make and the results are fantastic. Best Beef Stew I've ever had. I did add celery and potatoes to the recipe (with the carrots) and I also added a half can of beef broth to just "beef" up the flavor a bit. Everyone raved about this recipe. I absolutely will be making this again.

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Ron Burke September 12, 2010

I thought the flavor of this was fantastic. It is true comfot food. We served this over mashed potatoes. Mine turned out much thicker than how I think of beef stew. It was more likre beef tips in a very rich gravy. But very delish none the less. Thanks for sharing! UPDATE: For those who do not want to use wine. I have made this substituting grape juice for the wine. It was wonderful. I think you could also use a mixture of grape juice and wine. hope this helps someone. :)

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MommyWhoBakes January 16, 2010

Great recipe, adapted it to my likes. Reduced beef to 2 1/2 pounds, added rutabagas and celery. I dislike Hoisin, but wanted to keep Evelyn's thread so reduced it to 1 tablespoon and added 1 tablespoon of dark soy and 2 tablespoons of vegetarian oyster sauce. Increased to 4 garlic cloves and also added a cup of beef stock as it was quite thick when braising. Also, I started this in the morning, simmered it for two hours and turned it off until I returned home from work. Didn't do the crock pot as it usually turns meat chunks into threads sitting in soup. Simmered it another couple of hours with the additional wine. Overall, I think I decreased the wine by about half as my glass was precariously close to the pot and some of the wine slipped into my glass. I also added fresh ground pepper to the meat as well as the stew while simmering and omitted basil and oregano. I also added about a half teaspoon of liquid smoke. This was excellent and a very versatile recipe. Kudos to Evelyn for sharing this!

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shrrley November 05, 2009

Added some carrots and potatoes after cooking the onions. Only 1 cup of wine and 1 cup of water. No constarch. Cooked it on a cast iron dutch oven that lets no heat escape. After browning the meat and onions, I added the liquid and stuck in a preheated 300 oven for 4 1/2 hours and it came fork tender with an incredible flavor. Highly recommend this cooking method.

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lmk_Tampa April 20, 2008

Fantastic Sunday meal . . .spent the afternoon simmering on the stove, while we trimmed the tree. The family loved it! I added mushrooms,simmered for a bit longer, but followed the rest exactly as written.This is certainly a keeper.

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BichonOlive November 28, 2010

Wow. Just. Wow... I threw potatoes in the mix but other than that I didn't change a thing. I have never used hoisin sauce and I would have never considered adding it to beef stew, but I am so glad that someone in this world decided to do it because it's AMAZING! I don't think I'm going to make a different version of beef stew ever again. My boyfriend will not carry on a conversation with me when I make this for dinner because he's so intensely focused on eating it. It's that good. When I take leftovers to work I am always getting comments about how amazing it smells when I'm heating it up for lunch.

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marie115 February 24, 2012

I made this for supper tonight and it was delicious! The only change I made to the recipe was using only 1/4 cup of Hoisin, otherwise I followed all of the directions. I used a bottle of Pinot Noir my husband and I had yet to drink (of course we drank the remainder of the bottle during the meal). I served it with mashed potatoes and green beans... YUM! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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Music Heather November 28, 2010

I thought the hoisin sauce made this slightly sweet; not my preference. But it was such a nice saucy stew that we enjoyed it anyway! I didn't have time to stand over the stove, so I put everything in the crockpot. I didn't even shred my beef roast- put it in whole and turned it on Low for 6 hours. Then I removed the beef and let it stand while adding the cornstarch mixture to the crockpot. (There's more liquid in crockpot cooking, so I tripled the cornstarch mixture- perfect.) I shredded the beef and put it back in the crockpot, had it on high for another hour. Perfect! Served over MASHED POTATOES! Yum!

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J-Lynn December 10, 2011
Mahogany Beef Stew