- 1 (3 lb) boneless chuck roast, fat trimmed off, cubed
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled, diced largely
- 3 medium carrots, peeled, diced
- 1 cup frozen pea
- 3 ribs of celery, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 4 cups beef broth
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
- Place 1/4 cup of the flour and the salt and pepper together in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Add in cubed meat and coat well.
- Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pot. Add 1/3 of the meat and brown them (this will take around 3-4 minutes). Remove from pot. Do the same process with the remaining meat. Set aside.
- Remove browned bits from the bottom of the pot by scraping. In the same pot, add the onion and cook until it turns translucent. Stir occasionally. Add the tomato paste and stir coat the onion. Sprinkle the remaining flour on the mix and stir well. Add the wine. Cook until the mix has thickened. Add the meat and all the juices gathered from the bowl back to the pot. Add the bay leaves, the broth, and thyme. Stir to combine. Increase the heat to high. Bring it to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 1 hour.
- After an hour, add vegetables to the pot. Stir well. Cover properly and cook until the vegetables, and especially, the meat, are tender, stirring occasionally while cooking. Stir in the peas and simmer for another 5 minutes, keep the pot covered. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.
Stews are close to the hearts of many as they are considered as comfort food. Most families serve a kind of stew that are usually prepared for dinner and other intimate occasions. It is linked to a sense of togetherness and love.
Stews vary from country to country. It is one dish that can be enjoyed by the average people as well as serve the dignitaries and people of power. It is a great equalizer among men as at some point in time, everyone gets the chance to sit down on a dining area and enjoy a bowl of stew.