11.08.2009

Beef Burgundy, with no prior research

Pin It On my Friday off, I decided to make a stew. I had a huge chunk of chuck roast, and after a good amount of prep work, I had my 2 inch cubes ready for stewing. I've stewed meat many times with wine, but never had I done small cubes. I usually keep the the meat roast whole. This time, without looking up any recipes, I just did what came to mind, probably from watching a recent episode of Simply Ming, where he makes short ribs in a similar fashion.

Beef Burgundy (by no means the official version)
2 1/2 lb chuck roast, trimmed, cut into 2 inch cubes
5 carrots, chopped into medium chunks
4 ribs of celery, chopped into medium chunks
1 large onion, chopped roughly
1 1/2 bottles of red wine (I used a Cabernet Sauvignon)
a bouquet of thyme, rosemary, and sage
salt and pepper
olive oil
water, if needed

1) Season and brown the meat in batches, in a large dutch oven, in olive oil.
2) With the meat resting, add a little more oil and saute the vegetables for several minutes, 5-7.
3) Place the meat back into the pan, and add wine, seasoning, and the bouquet of herbs. The wine should barely cover the meat and veggies. If you need more liquid, add water or beef stock.
4) Simmer for 2-3 hours until meat is tender.

Serve over egg noodles, or rice, or polenta. Basically whatever you'd like.

I got a late start on this dish, and was really hungry when it was finally done. So my sauce was a little thin and I didn't have patience to reduce it. If you have time, and want to do this right, you can thicken up the liquid by removing the meat and veggies, and letting it cook down. You can also add tomato paste in the beginning, and do things like coat your meat with flour before browning.

Even though the ingredient list on this stew is short. It had lots of flavor, and the meat was tender and tasty after hours of cooking. This was also the first time I served a stew with egg noodles, and really liked that combination.

This was the perfect meal to make on a day off work, as the house smelled like wine and beef all day, as I went about my housework.

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