Beef Stew Recipe to Warm Up Cool Nights

Le Creuset Blue

Created for the 5 1/2 qt. round French oven
Serves 8

This beef stew is certainly perfect for Christmas, but you’ll enjoy it so much you’ll make it several times throughout the year. It’s a great make-ahead meal, and the Le Creuset oven looks marvelous on the range top and buffet. Serve it with Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel.

The preparation time is only 20 minutes, but the total cooking time is 4 hours. This is a great dish to prepare ahead of time, and the oven will warm up the house while slowly cooking the stew. Enjoy!!

 

Beef Stew Recipe to Warm Up Cool Nights

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Ingredients
  • ¾ pound shallots, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 2½ pounds beef stew meat, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch slices
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Season the beef liberally with the salt and pepper. Heat the oil in the French oven over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook, stirring as needed, until browned on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Discard any excess oil from the pan and return to medium-high heat. Add the onions and celery and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the wine and stir, scraping the bottom and sides with a wooden spoon. Stir in the stock, thyme, rosemary and marjoram. Return the meat and any juices that have collected to the pot. Add the potatoes and carrots, then cover and bake for 3 hours. Stir in the peas and bake for 1 hour. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Old Greenwich Town’s First Light 2010

This is the Old Greenwich Town block party… There will be holiday carolers, sweet and treats by other merchants, hot chocolate, magic, fun activities for kids, music, and (of course) Santa Claus!  We are going to serve some wine and hors d’oeuvres… and just like last year, and the year before, and the year before that… there will be a RAFFLE!

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Monday — Saturday 10:00 AM till 6:00 PM
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This Saturday: First Light Festival in Old Greenwich

We are gearing up for the annual First Light Festival… the garlands, the trees, and lights are up.  This year Cook and Craft  is partnering with African Portfolio, the 2009 pick by National Geographic Adventure Magazine as one of the Best Adventure Travel Company.

African Portfolio will be showcasing Amarula Liquor, made from the fruits of Marula tree which only grows on the plains of Africa.  Apparently Marula fruit is often enjoyed by elephants, hence the elephants on Amarula’s labels.  The Marula fruits ferment a bit after lying on the ground and the elephants do get slightly tipsy from eating them.  We wonder if African Portfolio shows drunk elephants on their safari trips… that would be a sight!

Amarula would also be a great drink for the holidays, and First Light Festival is the perfect time to come and try it.

This is a real quick recipe you can try:

“Amarula Coffee Surprise”

4 shots of Nespresso espresso (or 4 cups strong filter coffee)

60 ml  (that’s 2 shots) Amarula Liquor

50 ml whipped cream