We're moving in to Spring soon; I actually made this dish weeks ago at the height of the worst of our Winter, which in truth hasn't been all that bad this year. We had a few weekends in a row of conditions that were pretty perfect for tubing / tobogganing and we made the most of it. Then we came inside and had stew.
Mahogany Beef Stew with Red Wine and Hoisin Sauce (from Epicurious)
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed, cut into 2 1/2-inch pieces
- 3 1/2 cups chopped onions
- 2 cups Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs, undrained
- 1/2 cup hoisin sauce*
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 pound slender carrots, peeled, cut diagonally into 1-inch lengths
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over high heat. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. Add meat to pot; sauté until brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Push meat to sides of pot. Reduce heat to medium; add 2 tablespoons oil to pot. Add onions; sauté until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Mix meat into onions. Add 1 cup wine, tomatoes with juices, hoisin sauce, and bay leaves. Bring to boil.
Reduce heat to low, cover pot and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add carrots and 1 cup wine. Cover; simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover, increase heat to high; boil until sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes longer. Reduce heat to medium, add cornstarch mixture and simmer until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Season stew with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly. Chill uncovered until cold, then cover and keep refrigerated. Bring to simmer before serving, stirring occasionally.) Transfer stew to large bowl. Sprinkle with parsley; serve.
Note: I really wanted to use a wine called Melville Pinot Noir (2010) to make this roast. We were gifted some at Christmas and it is one of the few red wines I have ever tried that I actually enjoyed. I know Pinot Noir is different from Cabernet Sauvignon. I don't know how, and I'm sure they shouldn't be so recklessly substituted, but I'm like that sometimes. Reckless in the kitchen.