Tuscan Beef Stew with Polenta

TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 22 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: 7 min
Cook: 2 hr
 
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

STEW:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red onion, cut into medium dice
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 pounds stew beef (boneless chuck), excess fat trimmed, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 1/2 cups dry red wine
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 medium tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
POLENTA:
  • 1 cup instant polenta
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Directions

For the stew:
In heavy, large saucepan over moderately-high heat, heat 3 tablespoons oil until hot, but not smoking. Add the onion, carrot, and celery and saute, stirring occasionally, until light golden brown, about 10 minutes.

Add the beef and saute, stirring occasionally, until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add wine and thyme, stir well, and bring to boil.

Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper, then lower heat to moderately low, cover, and simmer, stirring every 15 minutes, until the beef is tender, about 2 hours.

For the polenta:
While the beef is simmering, make the polenta. Pour the olive oil into a large serving bowl and swirl to coat. Set aside.

In heavy, large pot over moderately-high heat, bring stock to a boil. Lower the heat to moderate and gradually whisk in the polenta, stirring constantly. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until polenta thickens and pulls away from sides of pan, about 5 minutes. Transfer the polenta to an oil-coated serving bowl and keep warm. Let the polenta sit for 5 to 10 minutes so it can set up.

When the beef is tender, use tongs to remove the tomato skins, if desired and the thyme sprigs.

Turn the polenta out of the bowl, slice, and serve alongside the stew.

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  • on September 06, 2014

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    Very good. Love this show. I've actually made this with beef ribs. The bone in adds even more flavor not that it needs it. Urbino9 get over yourself no one cares especially Debi. What channel is your cooking show on? Yep that's what I thought. I agree with John, if you mess this up you shouldn't be in a kitchen. OK for the happy people here good cooking and times to you. Cheers

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  • on August 31, 2014

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    Like recipes on show, yes some are authentic and well done. I have been in Tuscany several times, have family in Urbino. One observation, the woman on the show is terrible, her ego comes across badly, he is a whimp next to her, shame, he has a flair for recipes.

    She believes and acts like she is a major star, far from it, too bad, vergognoso

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  • on April 21, 2014

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    Thank you Debi. Love this recipe. so simple and delicious!

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