Zesty Braised Beef with New Potatoes



It’s hard to believe that this simple combination of ingredients can taste so luscious. I like to serve this with a big platter of roasted carrots. Save leftovers and enjoy in a bowl like a hearty soup.

Zesty Braised Beef with New Potatoes
Serves 8
  1. • Medium to large (31⁄2 to 5 quart) slow cooker
  2. 2 tbsp olive oil, divided 30 mL
  3. 2 oz chunk pancetta, preferably hot pancetta, diced 60 g
  4. 2 lbs trimmed stewing beef, cut into 1 kg
  5. 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes and patted dry
  6. 2 onions, finely chopped
  7. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  8. 1 tsp dried thyme 5 mL
  9. 1⁄2 tsp sea salt 2 mL
  10. 1⁄2 tsp cracked black peppercorns 2 mL
  11. 1⁄2 cup dry white wine 125 mL
  12. 2 cups chicken stock 500 mL
  13. 2 lbs small new potatoes, scrubbed and thinly sliced (about 30 tiny ones) 1 kg
  14. 1⁄4 tsp cayenne pepper, dissolved in 1 tbsp 1 mL
  15. (15 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  16. 1⁄4 cup finely chopped parsley leaves 60 mL
  1. 1. In a skillet, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil over medium-high heat. Add pancetta and cook, stirring, until nicely browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker stoneware.
  2. 2. Add beef to skillet, in batches, and cook, stirring, until browned, about 4 minutes per batch. Transfer to stoneware as completed.
  3. 3. Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining tbsp (15 mL) of oil to pan. Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, salt and peppercorns and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add wine, bring to a boil and boil, stirring and scraping up brown bits from bottom of pan, for 2 minutes. Add stock and potatoes and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. 4. Transfer to stoneware. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours or on High for 4 hours, until potatoes are tender. Stir in cayenne solution. Cover and cook on High for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with parsley.
  1. Tips
  2. If you are halving this recipe, be sure to use a small (2 to 31⁄2 quart) slow cooker.
Judith Finlayson http://judithfinlayson.com/


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