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Scottish Beef Stew Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Paul Polito
Added: Friday, December 5, 2008

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
# 2 tablespoons pure olive oil
# All-purpose flour, for dredging
# 2 1/2 pounds well-marbled boneless beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
# Salt and freshly ground pepper
# 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
# 2 medium onions, cut into 1/2-inch dice
# 2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice
# 2 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch dice
# 4 ounces rutabaga, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice (1 cup)
# 2 tablespoons red currant jelly
# 2 cups dry red wine
# 2 cups beef stock or low-sodium broth
# 2 thyme sprigs
# 1 garlic clove, smashed
# 1 bay leaf

Directions:
Directions:
1. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil until shimmering. Spread the flour in a shallow bowl. Season the beef with salt and pepper and dredge in the flour; shake off any excess flour. Add half of the meat to the casserole and cook over moderately high heat until browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to moderate and cook until browned on the other side, about 2 minutes longer. With a slotted spoon, transfer the meat to a bowl. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and floured meat, browning the meat over moderate heat.
2. Melt the butter in the casserole. Add the onions, carrots, celery and rutabaga and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 7 minutes. Add the jelly and the wine and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the casserole. Add the beef stock and bring to a boil. Add the browned meat and any accumulated juices along with the thyme, garlic and bay leaf and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer over low heat until the meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
3. With a slotted spoon, transfer the meat to a bowl. Boil the sauce over high heat until reduced to 2 cups, about 10 minutes. Return the meat to the casserole and season with salt and pepper. Discard the thyme sprig and bay leaf. Serve the stew with the Skirlie Potato Cakes.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
4
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
2 1/2 hours
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:

Wine

This stew is so intensely flavorful, it deserves a rich and powerful red to go along with it. Look to Bordeaux, where the 2003 vintage has garnered raves. Two good choices are the smoky 2003 Château Carbonnieux and the silky, refined 2003 Château d'Issan.

 

 

 

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