FOOD 52's SECRET INGREDIENT BEEF STEW
- 5-5.5 pounds beef stewing meat, cut into 2-3 inch pieces
- 1/3 cup mixed olive and canola oil
- 2 leeks, washed well and cut thinly
- 1 large onion, diced
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 4 celery ribs, diced
- 4 ounces white mushrooms, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 2 anchovies
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 cup red wine
- 3 cups beef broth
- 1 cup canned whole tomatoes with juices
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 bay leaves
- 3/4 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1/3 cup chopped parsley
Season the beef with salt and pepper on both sides. Brown the meat in batches in a 5-6 quart Dutch oven over high heat, adding more oil as needed. Remove to a plate.
Lower the heat and add all the vegetables. Cook for 5-10 minutes until softened. Stir in the tomato paste and anchovies and cook to melt the anchovies and distribute.
Add the beef back in, with its juices. Add the wine, vinegar, and tomatoes with juice (breaking them up against the side of the pot as you go) and bring to a boil. Add the stock to cover (you may need a bit more than 3 cups). Put in the salt, bay leaf, thyme, bring to a boil. Simmer, partially covered, for 2-3 hours until the meat is tender. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate.
When cool, skim off much of the fat from the top. Reheat over low heat, letting the stew simmer 30-45 minutes before serving.
Mix in half of the parsley and garnish with the rest.