Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 3 1/2 lbs. well-marbled beef chuck, trimmed of excess fat, cut into 2 inch pieces

  2. salt and freshly ground pepper

  3. 2 T vegetable oil

  4. 6 garlic cloves, minced

  5. 1 large Spanish onion , chopped

  6. 2 c. soft, dry red wine , such as Merlot

  7. 4 thyme sprigs

  8. 4 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped

  9. 4 medium carrot s, cut into 1 inch pieces

  10. 1 bay leaf

  11. 1 tsp. coriander seeds and 1/4 tsp. fenugreek seeds, tied in cheesecloth

  12. 1 quart beef stock or low-sodium broth

  13. 2T unsalted butter

  14. 1 lb. white mushroom s, quartered

  15. 1 c. water

  16. 1 lb. turnip s, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice

  17. 2 T all-purpose flour

  18. 2 T chopped flat leaf parsley

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Season the meat with salt and pepper. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat 1 T of the vegetable oil until it is shimmering. Add half of the beef and cook over moderately high heat until the meat is browned all over, about 12 minutes. Transfer the meat to a large, shallow bowl. Repeat with the remaining vegetable oil and meat.

  2. Add the garlic and onion to the casserole and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Return the meat and any accumulated juices to the casserole. Add the wine and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the thyme, tomatoes, carrots, bay leaf, spice bag and stock and bring to a boil. Cover partially and simmer over low heat until the meat is tender, about 1½ hours. Let cool, then REFRIGERATE OVERNIGHT.

  3. Cover the stew and re-warm it over low heat. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the quartered mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately low heat until they release their liquid, about 6 minutes. Pour 2 tablespoons of the liquid into a small bowl and let cool. Cook the mushrooms over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until they are browned, about 6 minutes longer. Add the mushrooms to the stew.

  4. Return the large skillet to moderate heat. Add the water and turnips and season with salt. Cover the skillet and cook the turnips over moderate heat until they are just fork-tender, about 5 minutes. Add the turnips to the stew. Discard the thyme sprigs, bay leaf and the spice bag.

  5. Whisk the flour into the reserved mushroom liquid to form a paste. When the stew comes to a simmer, stir ½ cup of the sauce into the paste until blended. Stir the paste into the stew and bring to a boil. Simmer the stew over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Season the stew with salt and pepper, stir in the parsley and serve.


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