Cabernet Beef Stew


This is a perfect Crock pot meal. I served this over polenta but mashed potatoes would be good also. I adapted this from a Cooking Light Recipe.


2 tablespoons Olive Oil
3 pounds boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 2-inch cubes
1 teaspoon course sea salt
1 bag cipollini onions, skins removed
2 tablespoons unsalted tomato paste
1/2 cup cabernet or other fruity red wine
1 1/2 cups beef stock
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 thyme sprigs
8 ounces small button mushrooms
4 large carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 parsnips, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Stew veggies


1. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of beef; cook until well browned, turning to brown on all sides. Place browned beef in a slow cooker; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining beef, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

2. Add onions to pan; cook 1 minute on each side or until browned. Add onions to slow cooker. Add tomato paste to the oil left in the pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 1/2 cup wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; cook 2 minutes or until half of liquid evaporates. Add stock and pepper; bring to a simmer. Carefully pour stock mixture into slow cooker; nestle thyme sprigs into liquid. Top beef mixture with mushrooms; scatter carrots and parsnips over the top.

3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours.

4. Remove broth from Crock pot and pour in a pan. Bring cooking liquid to a boil; cook 6 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 2 cups. Stir in remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons wine and flour, stirring with a whisk to form a slurry. Stir into cooking liquid; cook 1 minute or until bubbly and thickened, stirring constantly. Pour over beef mixture; toss gently to combine.


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