Beef Stew with Gremolata

Beef Stew with Gremolata

Serves four

  • 1 ½ lbs. lean stew beef
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ C.  flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • ½ c. dry sherry
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large Russet potato, peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3-4 sprigs of Italian parsley
  • Zest of ½ a lemon

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat.   Season the meat with salt and pepper.  Place the flour in a large freezer bag along with the meat and shake the bag to coat.  Brown the meat in the oil on all sides, working in batches and removing the browned meat to a plate.  When all the meat has been browned and removed from the pan, pour in one cup of the beef broth and scrape all the brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.  Bring it to a boil and reduce by half.  This should take about 5 minutes.  Add the sherry and the tomato paste and stir to combine.  Continue cooking and reducing until the mixture thickens slightly, about 3 minutes.  Pour in the rest of the beef broth and place the meat back in the pan along with any accumulated juices.  Bring it to a simmer.  Reduce the heat to medium low.  Cover it with a tight-fitting lid and simmer it for one hour.  Add the potato and carrots and increase the heat to medium.  Simmer for another 25-30 minutes.  Allowing the stew to sit for a little while off of the heat with the lid on will allow the flavors to develop further. 

To make the gremolata, crush and mince the garlic clove and parsley together on a cutting board.  Use a Microplane to zest the lemon right over the parsley and garlic.  Combine the mixture well and drop a teaspoon or so in the middle of each bowl of stew.  This small amount of extra effort pays off with great flavor!

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I am a mother of two boys, a wife, a teacher, and an avid home cook. These recipes are written, tested and created or adapted by me in my home kitchen. All photos were taken by me with my Canon Digital Rebel XT. No filters or Photoshop, usually natural light on my kitchen table. My motto is, if I can do it, you can do it!
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