Wine’d Up BeefPosted: March 5, 2013
Some of you like your wine in a glass. But I think a lot of you will like your wine in your food.* Especially if you end up with tender, juicy pieces of beef swimming in a sea of vegetables.
Red Wine Braised Beef
– 1 ½ – 2 lbs of boneless beef chuck, cut into 2-inch pieces
– 2 onions, chopped
– 2 carrots, chopped
– 2 celery stalks, chopped
– ½ cup of red wine (or more as needed)
– ½ cup of beef (or chicken or veggie) stock
– Salt and pepper
– Olive oil
Heat your oven to 250º.
Put a few tablespoons of oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When hot, add the beef (just a little at a time to prevent overcrowding), season with salt and pepper and cook until brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and continue until all the beef is browned.
Remove all but 3 tablespoons of fat from the Dutch oven and lower the heat to medium. Add the onions, carrots and celery, season with a little salt and pepper, and let cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the red wine and beef stock, scraping any bits from the bottom of the pot, and add the browned beef. The liquid should come about halfway up the sides of the beef; add more liquid until it does.
Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer. Cover the Dutch oven and place in the oven. Cook, stirring every 45 minutes, until the beef begins to tender, about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Add more liquid if the beef isn’t halfway submerged. Let it cook at least another 30 minutes, until the beef is very tender and nearly falling apart. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, and then serve with brown rice, mashed potatoes or egg noodles.