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    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, for frying, plus more to drizzle
    3 tablespoons butter
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 to 3 pounds beef chuck shoulder roast, cut into 2-inch pieces (this cut is also called chuck shoulder pot roast and chuck roast boneless)
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1 bottle good quality dry red wine (recommended: Burgundy)
    8 fresh thyme sprigs
    6 garlic cloves, smashed
    1 orange, zest removed in 3 (1-inch) strips
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    2 bay leaves
    2 1/2 cups beef stock
    9 small new potatoes, scrubbed clean and cut in 1/2
    1/2 pound carrots, peeled and sliced
    2 cups frozen pearl onions, a large handful
    1 pound white mushrooms, cut in 1/2
    1/2 pound garden peas frozen or fresh
    Fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, for garnish
    Horseradish Sour Cream, recipe follows, for garnish
    Toasted Peasant Bread, recipe follows, for serving

    Preheat a large heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat with the oil and butter.
    While the pan is heating, arrange the flour on a large dish. Season the cubed beef with some salt and freshly ground black pepper and then toss in the flour to coat. Shake off the excess flour and add the beef chunks in a single layer to the hot pan, being careful not to over crowd the pan, you might have to work in batches. Thoroughly brown all of the cubes on all sides. Once all the meat has been browned remove it to a plate and reserve.

    Add the wine to the pan and bring up to a simmer while you scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon being sure to loosen up all those tasty bits. Once the wine has gotten hot add the browned meat, thyme, smashed garlic, orange zest strip, ground cloves, freshly ground black pepper and salt, to taste, bay leaves and beef stock. Bring the mixture up to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook uncovered until the liquids start to thicken, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cover and cook on low heat for 2 1/2 hours.

    After 2 hours add halved potatoes, sliced carrots, pearl onions and mushrooms, along with a pinch of sugar to balance out the acid from the red wine. Turn the heat up slightly and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes more, until the vegetables and meat are tender. Add the frozen peas during the last minute of cooking. Season with salt and pepper and remove the thyme sprigs.

    To serve, place the stew in a soup bowl, garnish with parsley, drizzle with olive oil and add a dollop of Horseradish Sour Cream. Right before serving add a slice of Toasted Peasant Bread, half way submerged in the stew.

    ***Changes: I added a sprig of rosemary and omitted the mushrooms****
    I really liked this recipe, next time I wont be using a WHOLE bottle of vino though... I think 1/2 vino & 1/2 stock is better... even after cooking it 3 hours it had a strong taste of wine.
    I cooked this in my dutch oven.. and used a bit more butter for extra richness... and cooked the meat in batches of 4-5 pieces at a time.. by the end of the batches the bottom of the pan had alot of black bits to scrape up... what i didnt like was that the black bits were still evident after everything was added to the pot ... and they stuck to the veggies.... visually it bothered me

    it was very creamy and thick! we will make it again
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  • #2
    Looks good to me Kelly!


    • #3
      Re: Tylers ultimate beef stew!

      I made this stew and was very disappointed. Too much wine which didn't cook away. Also I could not get it to thicken,I had to use cornstarch. I added some kitchen bouquet to improve taste and color. Tyler you failed me!