Slow Cooked Beef Stew with Rosemary Polenta

Posted on November 28, 2011

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With this cold weather comes cravings of comfort food. This slow cooked beef stew goes perfect with rosemary polenta.  You can feel free to change up the vegetables in this stew when you make- sometimes instead of potatoes I use mushrooms.  The key to getting the meat nice and tender is to cook it slowly over a long period of time so that it almost starts to fall apart when you touch it with your fork.  Nothing worse than tough stew.  Polenta- sound foreign and scary to you? It’s actually super easy and quick to make and you can give it a nice gourmet touch by adding freshly chopped herbs and of course lots and lots of parmigianno.

Stew:

Chop all your veggies and set aside.  Mine included carrots, 2 potatoes, 1 onion and 2 garlic cloves.

Make a bouqet of fresh herbs- I tied together rosemary sprigs and thyme

Dredge your beef cubes in a mixture of flour, salt and pepper.

Heat olive oil in a large ceramic pot and then brown the meat on all sides.  Careful to only brown the meat and not let it cook through.  Remove the meat from the pan and set aside.

Add in your onions and garlic and sautee for 5 minutes.

Add in 2 tbsp of tomatoe paste and let cook for another 2 minutes.

Add in 1-2 cups of red wine.

Toss in your veggies, meat.  Add salt and pepper and the herb bouqet.

Add in 2-3 cups of chicken or beef stock and then put the heat on low and cover.

Let cook slowly on low heat, stirring every so often for at least 2 hours.

Rosemary Polenta:

Buy corn meal to make polenta.  Instead of following the package instructions that use water as the base, I use chicken stock- more flavorful.  Add 1 cup of stock to a saucepan, add 1 cup of  corn meal, whisk.  Then add 2 cups of boiling chicken stock to mixture and continue to whisk on med- low heat.  Add in chopped rosemary and keep whisking until it gets a nice thicker consistency.  You may need to add more stock if it gets too thick too quickly.  Cook for about 15 minutes.  Stir in lots of parmiggiano and serve hot with stew. Mmmmmm che buono!!

 

 

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