We need comfort food especially during this time the whole world is in transition. Beef stewed together with grape juice, vegetables and spices for hours creates a dish that I kept making over and over this winter and spring! It is what I wanted to eat after giving birth to our daughter on Christmas Day (along with turkey pot pie), and every few weeks since then. Adding wine or cooking sherry adds depth to the sauce that brings you back wanting more. If you pop it in the crockpot in the morning, it will be ready for dinner. Serve it with mashed potatoes and enjoy this rich stew.
3 Tblsp. coconut oil or some kind of fat
3 lb. sirloin or chuck roast, chopped into 1” chunks
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 large onion, chopped
5 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1” chunks
4 large red potatoes, cubed
4 large stalks of celery, sliced into 1” chunks
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced (or 3 8 oz. cans of mushrooms)
1/3 cup cooking sherry plus 1 2/3 cups grape juice OR 2 cups. Red wine
2 cups boiling water
1 ½ tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp. dried parsley
2 Tblsp. salt (and more to taste)
1 cup cold water
¼ cup arrowroot flour (or cornstarch would work too)
Heat the fat in a large skillet over medium heat, then add the meat and brown all the pieces for 7-10 minutes. Place in the 5 quart CrockPot on High.
Place the onions and garlic in the skillet and brown for 5 minutes until soft over medium heat. Then add the sherry or wine and cook for 5 more minutes—to boil off the alcohol, and then add to the CrockPot, and also add the juice (if using), the boiling water, vegetables, spices, salt. Mix the 1 cup of water with the arrowroot flour and save for the end of cooking.
Cook for 4-5 hours on High until the meat and vegetables are tender. Ten minutes before serving, stir in the water mixed with arrowroot flour and stir to thicken the gravy. Serve over mashed potatoes. Makes about 6-8 servings.
The top picture is when I made this recipe in December, and the picture below is a batch I made last week (that had more carrots in it).
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