Comfort Cabin Stew


  • Preheat oven to 325°F with rack in middle.
  • Pat beef dry and season salt and pepper. Dredge the beef in the flour with a large bowl.
  • In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat until hot and shimmering. Brown meat in 3 batches, turning with tongs, about 5-8 minutes per batch, adding one tablespoon more oil for each batch.
  • Transfer meat to a large plate and set aside.
  • Add onions, garlic and balsamic vinegar; cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to scrape brown bits from bottom of pan, about 5 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste and cook a few minutes more. Add beef with juices back to pan and sprinkle with flour; stir with wooden spoon until flour is dissolved, 1-2 minutes.
  • Add beef broth, water, bay leaf, thyme, and sugar; stir with wooden spoon to loosen any brown bits from bottom of pan and bring to a boil.
  • Cover pot with lid, transfer to preheated oven and braise for 2 hours.
  • Remove pot from oven and add carrots and potatoes. Cover and place back in oven for 50-60 minutes more, or until vegetables are cooked and meat is very tender.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning (if necessary) and garnish with fresh parsley.

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