Fall-apart Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes
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A perfect pot of beef stew with carrots and potatoes, that tastes even better the next day.
Recipe type: Meat
Serves: serves 4
  • 500 g beef rib fingers / chuck (with good marbling) – I got mine from Mmmm
  • 1 large onion – cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 4 cloves garlic – peeled and smashed
  • 2 carrots – peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 large potato – peeled and cut into bite sized cubes
  • 1 – 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 11/2 cup red wine
  • 11/2 cup beef stock / chicken stock
  • 11/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil for cooking
  1. Cut the beef into bite sized chunks (approx. 1½ inch) and make sure they are pat dry.
  2. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat up a large Dutch oven or casserole pot and add in 2 tbsp olive oil.
  4. When the pot is hot, add in the beef and sear both sides until brown. If necessary, do it in 3 batches. Do not overcrowd the pot or you’ll end up boiling the meat.
  5. Remove and set aside.
  6. Using the same pot, add in garlic, onion and saute for a few seconds.
  7. Pour in balsamic vinegar and use a wooden spatula to stir and scrape the bottom of the pot. The brown bits should come off easily thanks to the balsamic vinegar.
  8. Add in tomato paste and continue to stir until fragrant.
  9. Add in the beef cubes, flour and toss well. Cook the flour for a min to remove the raw taste.
  10. Pour in the red wine, beef stock, water and drop in the bay leaves.
  11. Give it a stir and taste. Season with a pinch of salt, 1 tsp sugar and pepper.
  12. Bring to boil and cover. Simmer for 1 ½ hours.
  13. Add in cut carrot and potatoes and continue to cook for another 30 mins. By now, the beef should be fork tender.
  14. Serve warm with crusty bread, warm rice or buttered noodles. I like to prepare a side of Crispy Fried Onion Strings, they go so well with this stew.
  15. The flavor of the stew will further develop and tastes even better the next day.
Recipe by Bear Naked Food at https://www.bearnakedfood.com/2017/01/13/fall-apart-beef-stew-carrots-potatoes/