Sweet and Savory Beef Stew for Two

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Total Time
2hrs 8mins
Prep
20 mins
Cook
1 hr 48 mins

Modified from EatingWell: September/October 2008. This beef stew for two replicates the flavors in tzimmes, a sweet stew traditionally served at Rosh Hashanah to start the New Year. This version gets natural sweetness from dried fruit and butternut squash.

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large ovenproof saucepan over medium heat. Add beef and cook until browned on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low, add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and sliced onion to the pan; cook, stirring often, for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in thyme, sage, salt and pepper; cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Return the beef to the pan and sprinkle with flour. Cook, stirring often, until the flour browns, about 3 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. Pour in broth; scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking until the liquid bubbles and thickens slightly, about 2 minutes.
  7. Stir in squash. Cover the pan, or transfer mixture to an ovenproof casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray, and bake COVERED for 1 hour.
  8. Stir in dried fruit, cover and continue baking until the meat is tender when pierced with a fork, maybe up to 20-30 minutes more.
  9. Makes 2 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each.