barefoot contessa ina garten beef stew

In Toronto, winter is finally making its way on out.  Finally.  We didn’t have such a terrible winter but there’s nothing like 5 or 6 months of cold and grayness to mess with your emotions.  The days are getting longer and the sun is starting to shine a bit brighter.  Summer, is around the corner folks!

But before we fully welcome in spring, here’s another winter-y recipe filled with goodness.  I love a big bowl of stew but you really can only eat it when the weather is kind of miserable.  With that said, this stew will brighten up a dreary day.  I’m pretty sure that I first saw this on an episode of Barefoot Contessa back in the day but I also have the recipe in my Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics cookbook.

It’s a pretty traditional stew with beef, carrots, peas and potatoes. What makes it extra fab is the addition of a bottle of red wine and 6 oz of bacon. Um, red wine and bacon? HOLLA! The recipe also includes sun-dried tomatoes. Normally I would skip the sun-dried tomatoes because I think they’re lame but instead I decided to throw them in. While I can’t say that the tomatoes contributed that much, the bacon on the other hand was fabulous. I of course used my homemade bacon so it imparted a really great smoky flavour to the stew. Smoke coupled with the red wine was perfection.

I ate this stew with a loaf of great whole wheat bread from Brick Street Bakery. Such a great pairing. The way the weather has been, many of us probably have one last cold snap which means a last chance to make some stew!



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7 Responses to Parker’s Beef Stew

  1. Even with the herbs, sun dried tomato and beef, this was already going to be an amazing dish. Then you had to go and add wine and bacon? *Swooooon* It’s autumn here and I had a salad for lunch today. What I’d give to have a bowl of stew to warm me up.

  2. Mduduzi says:

    It looks super delicious

  3. […] Parker's Beef Stew This recipes struck me as a spin off of Boeuf Bourguignon without all of the work! Again, remember to use gluten free flour to brown your meat! […]

  4. Gosh, this was really good and hearty. It’s one of those classics that never goes out of style. My family loved it and I’m happy to have this recipe because it is easier than the one I was currently using.

  5. Tonya says:

    Glad you enjoyed it. This is definitely a classic (and easy) stew recipe. Love it!

  6. This stew was very delicious and hardy. Loved it served it up with a slice of freshly baked bread. YUM!!

  7. Tiffany says:

    I made this and it is awesome. Used Sweet Red Wine and it serves more than 6. :)

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