Beef Stew with White Wine

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I made this beef stew several weeks ago, with white wine, a sizeable bunch of bouquet garni and vegetables. Bouquet garni is a bundle of herbs, usually tied together with a string or wrapped in a muslin bag and used to prepare stews, casseroles, sauces or stocks. There is no recipe for bouquet garni but it usually consists of parsley, a few sprigs of thyme and a bay leaf. Other herbs or spices that can be included are: basil, chervil, peppercorns, rosemary or tarragon. The bouquet garni is cooked with the food but removed at the end of cooking. The meat is simmered gently for about 1½ hours and some spinach is added just before serving.

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The stew tasted nice. You can serve it with rice, flat bread, mashed potato, or any other carbohydrate that appeals to you. We enjoyed eating it and hope you do too!

Beef Stew with White Wine

Preparation: 20 minutes; Cooking time: 2 hours; Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 450g (1Ib) stewing beef, diced into bite size pieces
  • ¼ cup all-purpose (plain flour)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk thinly sliced
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups stock (broth)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ cup Passata (strained tomatoes)  or crushed tomatoes
  • ¼-½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium carrot diced (1 cup when diced)
  • 300g (10oz) potatoes diced (1½ cups when diced)
  • 50g (2oz) spinach, shredded
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place beef in a ziplock bag. Mix the flour, salt and pepper and pour over beef. Close the bag and shake until completely coated. Shake off excess flour.
  2. Using a non-stick pot or pan over medium heat, add half the olive oil and brown the beef on all sides, in two batches and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, add the remaining olive oil and cook the onions and celery over gentle heat until soft.
  4. Put the browned meat back in the pan with the onions and celery, then add the wine and stir to mix. Bring to the boil and let simmer 10 minutes to absorb the wine.
  5. Add the stock, brown sugar, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, Tabasco sauce and stir to mix. Top with the bouquet garni and bay leaf and bring to the boil, simmer for 1 hour, then add the potatoes and carrots and continue simmering until potatoes and carrots are cooked. Check the seasoning and adjust it.
  6. Just before serving, remove bouquet  garni and bay leaf, add the baby spinach and let simmer 2 minutes then serve, with steamed rice, or your preferred carbohydrate.
  7. Last Updated: December 30, 2018

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Step By Step Photos 

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Please always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start

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Place the beef in a ziploc bag. Mix flour, salt and pepper and pour over beef. Close the bag and shake until completely coated. Shake off all the excess flour.

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Using a non-stick pot or pan over medium high heat add half the olive oil and brown the beef on all sides in two batches and set aside.

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In the same pan, add the remaining olive oil and cook onions and celery over gentle heat until soft.

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Put the browned meat back into the pan with onions and celery and  add the wine and stir to mix.

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Bring to the boil and let simmer 10 minutes to absorb the wine.

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Add the stock, brown sugar, tomato paste, passata or crushed tomatoes, Tabasco sauce and stir to mix.

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Top with the bouquet garni and bay leaf and bring to the boil, simmer for 1 hour,

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then add the potatoes and carrots and continue simmering until potatoes and carrots are cooked. Check the seasoning and adjust it.

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Just before serving, remove bouquet garni and bay leaf and add the baby spinach and let simmer 2 minutes then serve, with steamed rice, or your preferred carbohydrate.

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 The stew tasted very nice

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If you ever try it, please give me a feedback

myfavouritepastime.com Last Updated: December 30, 2018

Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

39 thoughts

    1. Hi Christy,
      I also use more red wine than white. The secret to using white wine is to get a good quality one…I used a sauvignon blanc, with subtle and fruity flavours. Happy trying and I wish you a fantastic weekend!
      liz

    1. Hi John
      I also used to use only red wine, but this time I used white wine, I loved it John. I am en route de Chicago. Have a great weekend.
      Liz

  1. This has gotta taste great – for sooo many reasons, including the addition of a bit of brown sugar, the tomato paste, the bouquet garni, the white wine etc. etc. etc. I’ve always made beef stew with red wine – I’m looking forward to making your version!! (Pinning it – as always!)

  2. This stew sounds delicious. I love these herbs, especially rosemary and thyme and they are great to spice up beef.

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