Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Beef Stew with Wine Sauce

This recipe is originally from my cousin Doris, but I have modified a bit with the ingredients I had on hand. The wine adds a depth of flavor that is worth getting a bottle for just for this recipe. A good winter stew to add warmth to a cold winter night, it makes the house smell so warm and welcoming coming in out of the cold.
  • 1/2 pound of bacon, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 pounds of beef cut in 2" pieces
  • 2 carrots, cut in chunks
  • 1 onion, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 cups of beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • fresh parsley, 4 sprigs, chopped
  • 1 pound of brown mushroom, cut in 4 quarters, optional
  1. Brown the bacon, remove from pan and drain well.
  2. Season the beef with salt and pepper, dredge in the cornstarch.
  3. Brown the meat in small batches in the same pan the bacon was browned in but in Olive oil.
  4. Remove the beef when browned on all sides.
  5. Saute the onions until soft. Return the beef and bacon.
  6. Add the wine and beef broth, thyme, garlic and bay leaf.
  7. Simmer on a low heat for 3-4 hours.
  8. Add the carrots and mushrooms. Simmer another 1/2 hour.
  9. Serve over mashed potatoes, and sprinkle with more fresh parsley. 
  10. Serve with a fresh salad and a crusty bun.
This can also be made in the slow cooker or baked in a 325 degree oven. 


  1. OH MY! Going to get beef and bacon tonight!

  2. This looks WONDERFUL! One question - if baked in a 325 oven - for how long? Thank you...I am going to try this very soon!

    1. Bake it for about 3-4 hours in the oven and 8 hours on low in the crock pot.

  3. I was looking for something to make ahead for dinner tonight- This sounds perfect!

  4. I've been wanting to add some kick to my stew. Thanks for this.

  5. Finally a recipe from Charlotte--always my favourite. This will be tomorrow nights dinner since I have all the ingredients in the house. I'll make a half a recipe so that I can enjoy the rest of the wine while I'm cooking and while we're enjoying the stew. Thanks.

  6. Yumm-eeeee! The perfect cold Winter's comfort food. This recipe looks really great!

  7. Made this for dinner. Everyone loved it. The wine gave that extra layer of flavor that made this recipe go from very good to great! Thanks

  8. This was delicious. Made it with dumplings & than the mashed potatoes on the side. Everyone loved it!

  9. This sounds delicious, but does anyone have a substitute for the wine?

    1. Maxine, the juice suggested is one option, I however have never tried that. If you do, let us know how it tastes. I have often just used more beef broth.

  10. Maxine you can just use grape juice instead of wine.

  11. Made this the other day and it was soooo good!! My husband said what we are making the stew with wine and not Guinness? I said hey I like to try new recipes. The smell as it was cooking was amazing. I would definitely make this again.