Mahogany Beef Stew with Red Wine
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed, cut into 2 1/2-inch pieces
- 3 1/2 cups chopped onions
- 2 cups Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs, undrained
- 1/2 cup hoisin sauce*
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 pound slender carrots, peeled, cut diagonally into 1-inch lengths
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over high heat. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. Add meat to pot; sautntil brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Push meat to sides of pot. Reduce heat to medium; add 2 tablespoons oil to pot. Add onions; sautntil golden brown, about 15 minutes. Mix meat into onions. Add 1 cup wine, tomatoes with juices, hoisin sauce, and bay leaves. Bring to boil.
Reduce heat to low, cover pot and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add carrots and 1 cup wine. Cover; simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover, increase heat to high; boil until sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes longer. Reduce heat to medium, add cornstarch mixture and simmer until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Season stew with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly. Chill uncovered until cold, then cover and keep refrigerated. Bring to simmer before serving, stirring occasionally.) Transfer stew to large bowl. Sprinkle with parsley; serve.