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Wintertime Braised Beef Stew

This easy beef stew is incredibly rich. Since it's even better a day or two later, you may want to make a double batch. —Michaela Rosenthal, Woodland Hills, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 2 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless beef sirloin steak or chuck roast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Montreal steak seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup dry red wine or reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons red currant jelly
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 fresh oregano sprigs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Toss beef with flour and steak seasoning.
  • In an ovenproof Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Brown beef in batches; remove with a slotted spoon.
  • In same pan, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery, parsnips and carrots; cook and stir until onion is tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes, wine, jelly, bay leaves, oregano and beef; bring to a boil.
  • Bake, covered, 1-1/2 hours. Stir in beans; bake, covered, 30-40 minutes longer or until beef and vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaves and oregano sprigs. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 310 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 373mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 5g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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