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Beef Stew Recipe from Craig Clairborne


A Recipe too Good not to Share

Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

Some food pictures are just too good not to share. And when the recipe is from none other than Craig Clairborne, you’re going to want to try it. Now, I know that this might be more appropriate for a cold winter night, but if you’re in the mood for some good home cookin’ a hearty beef stew is going to taste great anytime of the year. Serve this over your favorite noodles. Can you say? – Delicious! Think about a loaf of warm bread; pair your stew with a hearty red wine, and you’ve got a complete meal.


4 pounds lean, boneless chuck steak
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
2 cups coarsely chopped onions
6 tablespoons flour
4 cups dry red wine
2 cups water
4 whole cloves
1 bay leaf
½ teaspoon thyme
6 sprigs parsley, tied in a bundle
6 large carrots, about 1 1/2 pounds, trimmed and scraped


Cut the meat into two-inch cubes.
Using a large skillet, heat the oil and add the beef cubes in one layer. Add salt and pepper and cook, stirring and turning the pieces often, for about 10 minutes.
Add the garlic and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 10 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and stir to coat the meat evenly.
Add the wine and stir until the mixture boils and thickens. Stir in the water. Add the cloves, bay leaf, thyme and parsley. Cover closely and simmer for one hour.
Meanwhile, cut the carrots into one-inch lengths. If the pieces are very large, cut them in half lengthwise. Add them to the beef. Cover and continue cooking for 30 minutes, or until the carrots are tender. Serve the stew sprinkled with chopped parsley.

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April 14, 2015
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