Hearty Beef Stew
|3 pounds chuck-eye roast; cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes|
|1 1/2 teaspoonstable salt|
|1 teaspoonground black pepper|
|3 tablespoonsvegetable oil|
|2 mediumonions; chopped coarse (about 2 cups)|
|3 mediumcloves garlic; minced|
|3 tablespoonsunbleached all-purpose flour|
|1 cupred wine; (preferably full-bodied)|
|2 cupslow-sodium chicken broth|
|2 bay leaves|
|1 teaspoondried thyme|
|6 smallboiling potatoes; peeled and halved|
|4 largecarrots; peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick|
|1 cupfrozen peas; (6 ounces), thawed|
|1/4 cupminced fresh parsley leaves|
Hearty Beef Stew Preparation
1. Heat oven to 300 degrees. Place beef cubes in large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat in large nonreactive soup kettle; add beef to kettle in two separate batches. Brown meat on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch, adding remaining tablespoon of oil if needed. Remove meat and set aside. Add onions to now empty kettle; saut? until almost softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add garlic; continue to saut? about 30 seconds longer. Stir in flour; cook until lightly colored, 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine, scraping up any browned bits that may have stuck to kettle. Add stock, bay leaves, and thyme; bring to simmer. Add meat; return to simmer. Cover and place in oven; simmer about 1 hour.
2. Remove kettle from oven, add potatoes and carrots, cover, and return to oven. Simmer until meat is just tender, about 1 hour. Remove stew from oven. (Can be cooled, covered, and refrigerated up to 3 days.)
3. Add peas and allow to stand 5 minutes. Stir in parsley, adjust seasonings, and serve.
Make this stew in a large, heavy-bottomed soup kettle measuring at least ten inches in diameter. If the kettle is any smaller, you may need to cook the meat in three batches rather than two.
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