Comfort Food – Red Wine Beef Stew

The chill of autumn is in my area. Especially in the early of morning and the evening. In this kind of weather, I always want to crave something warm for dinner. Red Wine Beef Stew can always satisfy my empty stomach after work.

For this dish, red wine actually provides some ” Adult ” flavor. Believe me, you will smell that wonderful sense while cooking this dish, and I called it, Comfort food!

Ingredients: (make 4 servings)

Boneless beef chuck * 3 ponds
Bacon * 2 thick slices, chopped
Olive oil * 2 tablespoons
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Yellow Onion *1/2
2 Carrots * cut into chunks
Garlic * 3 cloves, chopped
All purpose flour * 2 tablespoons
Beef stock or Chicken broth * 1 cup
Tomato paste or ketchup * 3 tablespoons
Canned crushed tomatoes *1 cup
Fresh flat-leaf parsley * 1 tablespoon chopped
Bay leaf *1
Two small bottle of red wine (380ml) Note: I choose the small packages of red wine because it’s cheap and easy to store

Direction:

1. Cut the beef into 1 1/2 inch cubes and set aside.
2. In a large pot, cook the bacon in the oil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is crisp and browned. Then, transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain and set aside.
3. Pour out the fat into a heatproof bowl. Return 2 tablespoons of the fat to the pot and heat over medium-high heat.
4. Season the beef cubes with salt and pepper. Add the beef to the pot and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 mins. Transfer the beef to a plate.

5. Add onion, carrots, potatos, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens, about 5 mins.

6. Add the beef back into the pot adn cook for another 5 mins.

7. Sprinkle with the flour and stir well.

8. Then Stir in the tomato paste, Canned crushed tomato, parsley, bay leaf, garlic, and 2 small bottle of red wines.

9. Bring the pot to boil, then turn to small heat and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
10. Season the stew with salt and pepper.

Note: if you don’t like red wine, replace the wine with chicken broth or beef broth.

Then, you can enjoy your adult flavor comfort food!

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