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Recipe

Beef Stew with Red Wine & Carrots (Daube de Boeuf aux Carottes)

Scott Phillips

Servings: six.

Very simply, a daube (pronounced dohb) is a red-wine-based beef or lamb stew. This type of dish has countless flavor permutations, of course, but the most famous (and my favorite) is the Provençal daube, seasoned with local herbs and a bit of orange zest. The orange was originally the bitter Seville orange, but you can make a fine daube with a few strips of navel orange (add a strip of lemon, too, if you want to sharpen the flavor). I also like to add some sort of vegetable garnish to sweeten and brighten the stew. Here I’ve used carrots cut into hefty chunks so they hold their shape during the long cooking, but you could also use a combination of parsnips, baby onions, and celeriac.

Ingredients

  • 1 3-lb. boneless beef chuck roast
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz. shallots (8 to 10 medium), thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 Tbs. brandy, such as Cognac
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped (2 to 3 tsp.)
  • 2 tsp. herbes de Provence
  • 2 cups hearty red wine, such as Côtes de Provence or Côtes du Rhône
  • 1 14.5-oz. can whole, peeled tomatoes
  • 4 strips orange zest (2-1/2 inches long, removed with a vegetable peeler)
  • 1 lb. slender carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4- to 1-inch chunks (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Nutritional Information

      Nutritional Sample Size based on six servings
      Calories (kcal) : 580
      Fat Calories (kcal): 230
      Fat (g): 25
      Saturated Fat (g): 9
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 12
      Cholesterol (mg): 160
      Sodium (mg): 630
      Carbohydrates (g): 20
      Fiber (g): 4
      Protein (g): 49

Preparation

  • Using your fingers and a thin knife, pull the roast apart along its natural seams. Trim off any thick layers of fat. Carve the roast into 1-1/2- to 2-inch cubes and arrange them on a paper-towel- lined tray to dry.
  • Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Heat the oven to 325ºF.
  • Heat the oil and bacon together in a 7- or 8-qt. Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring occasionally, just until the bacon is browned but not crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a small plate. Season about one-third of the beef with salt and pepper, and arrange the cubes in a sparse single layer in the pot to brown. Adjust the heat so the beef sizzles and browns but does not burn. Cook until all sides are a rich brown, a total of about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large plate or tray, and season and brown the remaining beef in two more batches.
  • When all the beef chunks are browned, pour off all but about 1 Tbs. of drippings, if necessary. Set the pot over medium-high heat, add the shallots, season with a large pinch of salt and several grinds of pepper, and sauté until they just begin to soften, about 1 minute. Add the brandy and let it boil away. Add the tomato paste, garlic, and herbes de Provence, stirring to incorporate, and sauté for another 1 minute. Add the wine, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to dislodge  the caramelized drippings, and bring to a boil. Pour in the liquid from the tomatoes, holding the tomatoes back with your hand. Then one by one, crush the tomatoes with your hand over the pot and drop them in. Add the orange zest, and return the beef (along with accumulated juices) and bacon to the pot. Finally, add the carrots, bring to a simmer, cover, and slide into the oven.
  • Cook the stew, stirring every 45 minutes, until the meat is fork-tender (taste a piece; all trace of toughness should be gone), 2 to 3 hours. Before serving, skim off any surface fat (if there is any), taste for salt and pepper, and stir in the parsley.

Make Ahead Tips

This dish can be made up to three days ahead. Reserve the chopped parsley and don’t bother skimming the surface fat. Instead, transfer the cooled stew to a bowl or baking dish, cover tightly, and refrigerate. Before reheating, lift off the layer of solid fat that will be on the surface. Reheat gently in a 325ºF oven in a covered baking dish, stirring once, for about 30 min., or until hot. Taste for salt and pepper and add the parsley just before serving.

Mashed potatoes would be a perfect foil for the daube’s rich wine sauce. Or you could serve the daube with wide egg noodles tossed with butter and parsley.

This stew needs a rich, earthy red from the Old World, such as a Grenache blend from the southern Rhône Valley. Try the 2005 Mas Grand Plagniol “Tradition,” Costières de Nîmes, $10, or the 2004 Château du Trignon, Gigondas, $18.

Tip

Rather than buying already cut-up stew meat, buy a whole chuck roast and cut it into 1-1/2- to 2-inch cubes. These larger chunks won’t dry out during the long braise, and they make the stew more satisfying to eat.

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  • audrey1414 | 12/02/2016

    This is a wonderful recipe. Have made it many times. I am happy with the amount of sauce myself, but some in the family would prefer it wetter. I also will roast additional carrots, parsnips and onions on the side and then serve it with mashed potatoes, salad, crusty bread and a fresh bottle of the wine I used to make it. Make sure you remove the orange peel when you make it because it will become very strong in leftovers if you don't.

  • msmart109 | 09/18/2015

    Delicious recipe. Have made it many times.

  • dh0257 | 03/15/2015

    This is a wonderful dish! The flavors meld together so well with undernotes of orange which makes this an earthy, comfort dish. I followed the advice of those cooks before me and added extra beef broth, otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. I thought that it was too loose and will not add the beef broth next time. I think I would have preferred it more a "stew". I served it over mashed potatoes. So, my advice, cook as directed in the recipe, you will not be disappointed. This one is definately a keeper!

  • coco17 | 02/10/2015

    A definitel keeper!! I added some beef broth during the cooking and cremini mushrooms abut 15 minutes before it was done. Delicious!

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