Butternut squash is added to this thick, meaty stew for sweetness and its natural thickening ability. Refrigerating the stew overnight will further improve the flavor, while making it easier to remove excess fat. Buttermilk biscuits and parslied rice make perfect accompaniments.
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
- 2 carrots, peeled, thinly sliced
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 fresh parsley sprigs
- 1 sprig fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon dried
- 1 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into bite-size chunks
- 10 ounces of fresh pearl onions, peeled
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
Spread the flour on a large plate. Coat the beef with the flour and shake off the excess.
Heat 4 tablespoons oil in a large, heavy, nonstick pot over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add the beef and cook until brown on all sides, about 7 minutes. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a plate.
Add the vinegar to the pot and cook over medium-high heat, scrapping up any browned bits from the pot bottom. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the onions. Sauté over medium-high heat until brown, about 15 minutes.
Add the carrots to the pot and sauté until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add the broth, wine, tomato paste, garlic, bay leaf, parsley and sage. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the meat is almost tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Add the butternut squash to the stew. Cover and simmer until the squash and meat are tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes. Add the pearl onions and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes longer. Stir in the parsley. Season the stew to taste with salt and pepper.
Spoon the stew into warm bowls and serve.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
686 calories; 34g total fat; 163mg cholesterol; 169mg sodium; 34g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 53g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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