Beef Stew

Beef Stew

The classic French beef broth is the best comfort food in cold weather. After a few hours in the oven, the meat is tender and coated in a rich wine sauce.

The classic French beef soup, known as beef bourguignon, is the ultimate comfort food. Marbled beef chunks are finely fried in olive oil and then gently stewed with garlic and onions in a wine-based broth. After a few hours in the oven, the meat is tender and coated in a rich, deep-flavored sauce.

It takes a while, but I promise it's worth the effort. Aside from being delicious - it's the most popular recipe ever - it's a one-pot meal that nourishes the crowd.  In fact, you should because the flavor improves the longer it lasts.

The most important thing is to start with the correct cut of meat. You want to buy a well-roasted chuck - that means there should be a good amount of white veins of fat running through them. Steer clear of meat that is generally packaged as "stewed meat," especially if it appears lean (I can guarantee you it won't get tender, regardless of how long it is cooked).

Ingredients :

° 3 pounds of grass-cooked meat

° 1 tablespoon crunchy fat or coconut oil

° 1 onion

° 1 roasted garlic head or 3 chopped garlic cloves *

° 1 6-ounce can of tomato paste

° 1/3 cup of red wine I used two Trader Joe's buck envelopes

° 3 cups beef broth

° 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

° 4 carrots, peeled and chopped

° 1 sprig Rosemary Leaves

° 1 tsp thyme

° 1 tsp sea salt

° 1/2 tsp pepper

° 1 bay leaf

Instructions :

  1. Heat the fat in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Fry the onions until they are half transparent and soft. Add meat and stir until brown on the outside. Do not cook fully !
  2. Transfer to crock - cook wine in a skillet for one minute. Make sure to scrape off all particles of the pan!
  3. Pour the wine and all other ingredients into the cooking pot. Cooking on low heat about 8-12 h .

Notes :

I like to put the crock pot on a high temperature for the first hour to raise the temperature before turning it to a lower temperature.  Then I change my crock pot to the 'warm' setting, and dinner is ready anytime I feel like serving it! * To roast garlic - take the whole onion and cut off the top to expose the bulbs - put it in a piece of aluminum foil and sprinkle it with olive oil. Roll them and put them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes.

Enjoy !

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