red wine-braised beef stew with vegetables + thyme

by amy on 21 October 2011

i have a confession. until recently, i wasn’t much of a fan of beef stew. i’ve eaten it at plenty of potlucks + in restaurants, + as much i wanted to like it, i’d never been all that impressed. however, with the weather getting downright cold this past week, i challenged myself to make a beef stew that would knock my beef-stew-skeptical socks off. i searched for the perfect recipe, eventually running across one, with, oh yeah, two cups of red wine in there. sounds right up my alley, doesn’t it?

so i gathered up all the ingredients, + got stewin’. after smelling it cooking for over three hours, i couldn’t hardly wait to try it. and after eating it, i have excellent news to share: i have finally met the perfect beef stew!! the wine lends a delicious rich note to the stew, while the yukon gold potatoes, red bliss potatoes, + carrots add delightful flavor + texture. and the meat? simply divine. it is wonderfully rich, bursting with flavor, + truly fall-apart tender. i served this stew with a fresh baguette + red wine, + it was seriously the perfect cold-weather dinner.

so, whether you’re already a big fan of beef stew, or if you’re still a skeptic who needs a bit of convincing, you’ve gotta give this stew a try. i promise that you will absolutely love it!

red wine-braised beef stew

makes 8 servings, adapted from epicurious

ingredients

4 pounds chuck roast, cut into 2” pieces + trummed
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 cups dry red wine, such as pinot noir or syrah
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 medium yellow onion, quartered
2 bay leaves
4 sprigs thyme
10 medium carrots (about 2 pounds), peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces
3 pounds baby yukon gold and/or baby red bliss potatoes, halved (i used 1.5 lbs of each)

directions

preheat the oven to 325°F.

season the meat with salt + pepper, place in a large bowl, + toss with the flour.
heat the oil in a large dutch oven or wide-bottomed pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat. cook the meat, in batches, until well browned on all sides, 6-8 minutes, transferring the pieces to a plate as they are browned. pour off + discard any drippings from the pot.

add the tomato paste, wine, broth, onion, bay leaves, thyme, + 2 of the carrots + bring to a boil. return the meat + any juices back to the pot (the meat should be barely submerged in liquid), cover, + transfer to the oven. cook for 2 hours.

using tongs, remove + discard the cooked vegetables. add the potatoes + the remaining 8 carrots to the pot, cover, + return to the oven. cook until the meat + vegetables are fork-tender, about 60-75 minutes more.

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kelly October 21, 2011 at 8:32 am

This looks delicious. I thought of some other modifications that might also be delicious! Thanks for the inspiration!

2 amy October 21, 2011 at 8:42 am

awesome! i can’t wait to hear about your modifications + how it turns out. =)

3 danielle October 21, 2011 at 8:52 am

I am definitely one of those skeptics that needs convincing when it comes to beef stew. I may need to try this one.

4 amy October 21, 2011 at 9:01 am

you definitely should. i was truly never a fan until this version + i couldn’t get enough of it. i had some of the leftovers for lunch yesterday + they were even better than the first day.

5 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl October 21, 2011 at 10:22 am

I’m with ya–never been a huge beef stew fan (though my husband is), but I think I can be easily swayed with the red wine! :-) This looks like a recipe I can get on board with…I’ll be adding this to our fall menu for sure.

6 amy October 21, 2011 at 10:29 am

wine makes everything better, doesn’t it? can’t wait to hear how this turns out for you — i think both you + the hubby will love it!

7 kristen @ notsodomesticated October 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

Yum!! And I love the idea of using wine. If it doesn’t end up tasting good, you can just drown your sorrows in the leftover wine! ;)

8 amy October 21, 2011 at 11:10 am

ha! i love the way you think. =)

9 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm

This is calling my name

10 amy October 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm

it’s super delicious – it’s still calling my name even now that it’s been a few days since i made it!

11 Emma October 22, 2011 at 5:39 am

It’s hard to beat slow-cooked meat. (Poetic?)

12 amy October 22, 2011 at 8:33 am

bahaha! you’re a poet + i didn’t even know it. and i agree!

13 Simply Life October 22, 2011 at 9:03 am

oh you are too much. I’ve never seen beef look so appetizing!

14 amy October 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

thank you so much! i really tried to get a great picture of it (not always easy with meat, as you know) + i think this one turned out pretty darn good. =)

15 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee October 22, 2011 at 9:34 am

looks yummy!! i’m going to have to make this. I can already visualize myself eating it with some crusty french bread and washing it down with the leftover wine:) thanks for sharing the recipe.

16 amy October 22, 2011 at 9:49 am

that’s exactly how we ate it, too + it was just perfection. hope it turns out fabulous for you!

17 EA-The Spicy RD October 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

I would eat your stew Amy, but I too didn’t used to be much of a stew eater! Growing up, my mom used to make huge batches of stew and freeze it, so we had it a LOT for dinner. I used to pick out all the potatoes and eat just those. Can’t wait to try your recipe. I mean, how can you go wrong with 2 cups of red wine???

18 amy October 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

hope you love it, EA. i’m definitely a beef stew convert after this dish. but you’re right – how could i not be with 2 cups of wine in there?! =)

19 Jess October 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Oh I agree. I always hated stew growing up and I’m not not a huge fan of it. However, I do love Beef Bourguignon, and this recipe sounds somewhat similar. AND if you are saying I need to try it, maybe I just will!!!!

20 amy October 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm

it is definitely similar to beef bourguignon in it’s flavor + texture. hope you give it a try + love it — it converted me!

21 Ally Garner October 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Hey guess what we’re having for dinner tonight? I just put it in the oven a bit ago :) I typically use my Nana’s old recipe, but the red wine this recipe offers was talkin’ to me. Thanks for sharing the recipe Amy!

22 amy October 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm

awesome! can’t wait to hear how it turns out. i think y’all with love it. =)

23 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite October 24, 2011 at 11:17 am

this is absolutely beautiful! i love stew in the fall. bookmarking this so that i can enjoy it in real life, not just salivating at the screen :)

24 amy October 24, 2011 at 11:38 am

thanks so much, rachel. hope you make it + it turns out perfect for you! =)

25 Jessica @ Cajunlicious October 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Amy this looks great, especially for the holidays!

26 amy October 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm

thanks, jessica! it would definitely be great for a holiday meal, since it’s easy to make, + can easily be doubled or tripled for a crowd. =)

27 natalie (the sweets life) October 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm

this looks FABULOUS–perfect for the cool temperature hitting us later this week!

28 amy October 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm

that’s my favorite part of the fall – getting all the great, comfort food stew + soup recipes out of hibernation!

29 The Waspy Redhead October 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm

For a late comer to the stew scene, it sure seems like you hit it out of the park on your first attempt! Looks delicious.

30 amy October 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm

thanks, elizabeth. when i saw 2 cups o’ wine in there, i was pretty sure that it was a stew + Amy match made in heaven + luckily, i was right!

31 brandi October 25, 2011 at 9:53 am

pretty sure we would love this. I made Barefoot Contessa’s Beef Burgundy last Sunday for dinner and it was incredible. Full of red wine and broth and beef and mushrooms…so, so good.

32 amy October 25, 2011 at 11:40 am

mm, i’ll have to look that recipe up – i’ve never made a barefoot contessa recipe that wasn’t absolutely fantastic!

33 Renee October 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Thumbs up on the beef stew! I have loved it all my life. My dad made it with a pressure cooker and I will have to get one soon so I can make his recipe. Until then I know I will have to try yours – red wine in it sealed the deal.

34 amy October 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm

i hope it turns out wonderful for you – i know it certainly did for us! i’ve never cooked with a pressure cooker but my mom does, too – maybe i’ll have to look into getting one. =)

35 Carrie@ Bakeaholic Mama October 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Looks amazing. Beef Stew is one of my favorite fall/winter comfort foods.

36 amy October 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm

that’s definitely one of my favorite things about fall + winter — the awesome comfort foods!

37 Vanessa November 8, 2011 at 11:30 am

Have mine going right now but trying it in the crock pot!

38 amy November 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

yay! can’t wait to hear how it turns out, especially using your crock pot.

39 Vanessa November 9, 2011 at 8:48 am

This turned out great in the crock pot! (which I love since I can leave the house with out my oven being on) my husband even said “I don’t usually like beef stew but this is pretty good” great recipe!

40 amy November 9, 2011 at 9:35 am

that’s awesome to hear – so glad y’all enjoyed it (+ you figured out a way to crockpot it!)

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