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Red Wine Beef Stew

by Adina 21/12/2019 10 comments

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Daube à la boeuf – a classic French red wine beef stew with meltingly tender meat pieces, a rich sauce, and olives.

 

FRENCH BEEF STEW

 

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One of the best beef stews ever, this French red wine stew with olives is pure comfort food, perfect for the cold autumn and winter days.

There are quite a few French recipes that I cook regularly: quiche Lorraine for instance. Although I’ve never posted a recipe for it myself, I’ve made a classic quiche Lorraine dozens of times. The same with crème caramel, one of my favorite desserts ever.

Coq au vin or coq au Riesling are also family favorites and boeuf bourguignon is something I often cook around Christmas time when guests are coming. Not to forget ratatouille, Remy’s ratatouille to be exact, one of my daughter’s favorite dishes.

And these are some of my favorite recipes, although, generally, I cannot say that I am much into French cooking. I know many will be shocked to hear this… :). It is not that I don’t like it if I ever get to eat it, but somehow I am not often tempted by French recipes myself.

Might be the fear of the amounts of butter one associates with French cooking, I cannot say, but truth is, I don’t even own a French cookbook, and I have about 400 cookbooks…

I really should buy Julia Child’s books%name Red Wine Beef Stew, it’s crazy that I don’t have them!

 

WHAT IS DAUBE A LA BOEUF?

Daube a la boeuf or daube provencal is a classic French dish originating in the Provence. There are many variations of daube, what I am making today is a daube provencal containing olives.

A daube is traditionally cooked in a special terracotta braising pan called daubiere, hence the name daube. Daube also refers to a cooking technique of stewing meat.

The daubiere resembles a pitcher and has a concave lid. It is a dish built in a way that prevents the evaporation of the cooking liquid.

What to use instead of a daubiere?

I don’t have a daubiere and I am pretty sure that few people outside of France have even seen one. So how to cook a daube without a daubiere?

It is not that difficult, actually.

You will need a Dutch oven%name Red Wine Beef Stew or another good heavy-bottomed dish. To create the effect of a daubiere, which is to prevent the condensation of the cooking liquid, place a piece of parchment paper, which is slightly larger than the pot itself, over the pot. Place the lid on top, making sure that it is tightly closed. This way even less water can evaporate.

 

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INGREDIENTS FOR RED WINE BEEF STEW

Beef:

  • Traditionally, daube is made with lesser cuts of meat, the daubiere helping to tenderize these cuts.
  • I used beef chuck roast, which is actually quite a nice piece of beef, perfect for stewing.

Bacon:

  • I use a whole piece of streaky bacon with the rind still on. I render the fat from the whole piece of bacon rind and use the fat to sear the beef. It adds flavor to the red wine stew.
  • Remove the rind of the bacon in one whole piece and only chop the bacon after that.
  • This is optional, but I would recommend it.
  • If using already chopped bacon without the rind, sear the beef in olive oil or lard.

Red wine:

  • I use a good wine that I enjoy drinking as it is as well. Not the cheapest one, but nothing too expensive either.

Beef stock:

  • Use a good quality beef stock. Homemade is always best, but otherwise use your favorite brand, something flavorful and not too salty.
  • I prefer to use beef bone broth or turkey bone broth (if that is what I have in the freezer) most of the time. It has more flavor than regular beef broth and brings the sauce to a whole new level.
  • If you’re not using bone broth, you might want to add a cube stock to the beef stew to enhance the flavor.
  • But careful with the salt, adding broth cubes means adding extra salt as well, and you don’t want the dish to be too salty.

Olives:

  • I always use black olives with pit%name Red Wine Beef Stew. Pitless olives make no sense for me, they are watery and have no flavor.
  • When using olives that still have the pit inside, warn the people at the table about the pits. Most people don’t expect them and you would not want anyone to break a tooth. 🙂

 

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TIPS FOR MAKING RED WINE BEEF STEW

  • If the bacon piece has the rind on, remove the rind in one piece. Render the fat and sear the beef in that fat.
  • Always take the time to properly dry the meat cubes before frying them. If they are too wet, they will stew instead of being nicely seared.
  • For the same reason, do sear the beef pieces in several batches. If you overcrowd the pan, the meat will stew instead of being seared.
  • Don’t add too much salt at the beginning. It is better to add less and adjust the taste at the end.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH DAUBE?

  • Most of the times I would serve crusty white bread with the red wine beef stew.
  • A softer polenta on the side is also delicious.
  • Otherwise, you can never go wrong with potatoes, either boiled or mashed.
  • Leftovers can be easily reheated.

MORE FRENCH RECIPES

 

CONFIT DE CANARD – Crispy skin, melt-in-your-mouth meat, this duck leg confit is just amazing!

COQ AU RIESLING – French; tender chicken legs smothered in a creamy white wine sauce with mushrooms and grapes.

BAKED CROQUE MONSIEUR RECIPE – A famous French recipe for Croque monsieur – baked ham and cheese sandwiches with Béchamel sauce and Gruyère cheese.

FRENCH STYLE GREEN BEANS – An easy to make green beans almondine recipe, French-style sauteed green beans with almonds.

FRENCH APPLE CAKE – This French apple cake is one of the easiest cakes to make.

 

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Red Wine Beef Stew

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

Daube à la boeuf – a classic French red wine beef stew with meltingly tender meat pieces, a rich sauce, and olives.

Ingredients

  • 200 g/ 7 oz onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 150 g/ 5.3 oz carrots
  • 1 kg/ 2.2 beef chuck roast
  • 150 g/ 5.3 oz streaky bacon (in one piece and with the rind on, if possible)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 750 ml/ 25 fl.oz/ 3 cups dry red wine
  • 500 ml/ 17 fl.oz/ 2 cups beef broth or beef bone broth (See note 1)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 100 g/ 3.5 black olives (See note 2)
  • a pinch of sugar
  • fine sea salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Finely chop the onions and the garlic. Chop the carrot into smallish cubes. Set aside, separately.
  2. Chop the beef into 3 cm/ 1.2 inch cubes. Place the cubes on kitchen paper and pat dry with another piece of kitchen paper. Remove the rind from the bacon in one piece (if it has any) and cube the bacon into small cubes.
  3. Place the rind of the bacon in a large Dutch oven. Let it render shortly, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and fry the beef cubes, in several batches, until nicely browned. Add a little more of the oil as needed. Remove the meat from the pot.
  4. Add the bacon and fry shortly. Add the onions and the garlic and cook until translucent. Add the chopped carrots and continue cooking for further 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook shortly.
  5. Return the meat and bacon back to the pot. Sprinkle the flour all over the meat, stir well for about 1 minute.
  6. Pour the red wine into the pot and let bubble, stirring, until approximately reduced by half. Add the beef broth (and extra stock cube, if using) or bone broth, bay leaves and thyme.
  7. Place a piece of parchment paper over the pot, it should be a bit larger than the pot itself. Place the lid on top and make sure it is tightly closed.
  8. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 2 ½ to 3 hours, stirring every now and then. Check after 2 ½ hours, the meat should be very very tender, if it is not so yet, continue cooking it.
  9. If you feel that the sauce becomes too thick, add some more bone broth or water. When the meat is very tender, adjust the taste of the stew with salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar.
  10. Add the olives and let the sauce simmer for another 5 minutes or so until the olives are heated through.

Notes

  1. If using regular beef broth, add an extra beef stock cube for more flavor. If using bone broth that will not be necessary, bone broth is very deeply flavored.
  2. Preferably olives with the pit inside. Warn the people at the table about the pits.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 852Total Fat: 53gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 1182mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 55g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

 

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Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop 22/10/2016 - 15:21

This dish looks amazingly delicious! I love how rich the broth looks. Perfect dish for a cold fall or winter day!

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[email protected]'s Recipes 22/10/2016 - 19:10

It looks really great! Those beef pieces look so tender and literally melt-in-mouth.

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Beth 23/10/2016 - 19:28

Your stew looks wonderful! French cooking can be laborious, but the best French recipes are simple and straightforward, like this one.

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Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 24/10/2016 - 15:42

I am all over any kind of beef stew with red wine! Total comfort food up in here! I could eat this for dinner for DAYS! Cheers, friend!

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Monica 24/10/2016 - 16:50

Looks amazing! I love a rich stew like this when it’s cold…perfect date night kind of meal with some crusty bread on the side. I’m making a pot roast tonight but need to have this soon!

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Sissi 24/10/2016 - 22:38

Your stew looks fantastic! I know beef with carrots, but have never tried beef with olives. Actually, from my experience I can say I’ve never eaten as light and as healthy as in French houses (including parties) and I think heavy dishes are occasional treats nowadays (just like in my house, but it concerns not only French cuisine, of course).
I wish I knew and could recommend modern home French cookery books, especially written in English… I take my recipes from family, friends, internet and only traditional ones from the few French cookery books I own. I’ve heard Chocolate and Zucchini blog is great, but I don’t know it well. I think it contains both traditional and modern French cooking but also international cuisine.

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Alex 21/03/2017 - 19:06

Draga nu e salata de bouef :)) the correct name for this recipe is “daube”, that’s it. You can specify “de boeuf”, but most of the time that’s only done in Camargue, where the specialty is “daube de taureau” – bull daube. That’s a minor detail – I’m from South of France & your recipe looks delicious, looking forward to trying it!!

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Adina 21/03/2017 - 20:29

Oh well, that it’s really detailed knowledge I could not possibly know, the only place in France I have ever seen is Paris. And we mostly ate baguette with goat’s cheese and drank wine there, no daube or any cooked meal at all… Thank you for the info and I hope you try the recipe. No idea how the original tastes but this version was delicious.

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Alex 22/03/2017 - 14:36

haha yes sorry, by re-reading my comment it didn’t read as a positive one when really I meant this with an open heart! It’s always awesome to see people enthusiastic about the food from my region ♥ can’t wait to try it!

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marie johson 06/01/2020 - 14:21

Never heard about this red wine beef stew before. Looks yummy 🙂 thanks

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