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Mulled Wine Beef Stew with roasted baby potatoes. Slow roasted beef with mulling spices mixed into a classic wine braise with fresh herbs. This stew is rich and comforting and perfect for the winter season. It’s such a simple dinner make, but the flavours are bold and comforting it just makes it feel kind of festive.

mulled wine beef stew

This meal is hearty, warming and a perfect dish to feed the family. The house smells like mulled wine as it cooks and the flavours are elevated to showcase some seasonal favourites like mulled wine. 

mulled wine beef stew

This stew is fairly easy to prepare and all happens in one large pot. Seared chunks of beef, a classic mirepoix, some tomato paste, red wine, stock, and fresh herbs with the addition of an orange and some spices. This stew starts off over the stove and finished in the oven for a slow roast over a few hours. The finished results is a rich braising liquid with tender hunks of meat that’s accompanied by pan-fried mushrooms and roasted baby potatoes. 

5lb chuck roast

mulled wine beef stew in dutch oven

Inspired by a beef bourguignon and our most recent braised short ribs, there are some similarities in the ingredients and process. If you haven’t tried short ribs with crispy pierogis we highly recommend you do! Check out our recipe. Like a classic stew or bourguignon, this meal is hearty, warming and perfect for a crowd. It can be made in a crock pot, stove top or as we have done so in the oven. The noticeable differences here are that this stew is served with potatoes, which is more traditional and from a bourguignon we incorporated lots of mushrooms. What we’ve done differently is served it over some oven roasted baby potatoes that are golden and crispy which adds an extra texture to the stew instead of soft you get a crispy bite. 

mulled wine beef stew

I really enjoyed this with the roasted potatoes. It made such a difference. Of course this can be served as is with just some bread on the side for a simpler version or mashed potatoes if that’s something you prefer. I’ve had it both, with the potatoes and without. The potatoes are crispy enough that they hold very well with the liquid spooned overtop and stay crispy if served right away. The beefy flavours go so great with the red wine, it all ends up being mouth-watering and I honestly couldn’t stop eating it.  I was pretty sad when it was all gone including the leftovers the next day. 

mulled wine beef stew

The wine is a great flavour enhancer, that deepens the flavours and after all this is based on mulled wine. So it is a must to incorporate! There’s a good mix of saucy and hearty chunky bits. I like to use the wine I typically drink, one because I love it so much, and two because it’s so damn affordable. I highly recommend using wine that you typically enjoy and has a reasonable price tag. something not too heavy or fruity would be ideal to give it a well rounded balanced taste.

MUSHROOMS 

For the mushrooms the best thing to do is to cook them separately. Yes this is an extra step but they really don’t workout well unless done this way. They would over cook and become way too soft if incorporate into the stew with the braising liquid and other vegetables. Mushroom have the best flavours if pan-fried un disturbed until browned on one side and flipped so that the other side can brown. A mixture of butter and oil ensure for a great browning and herbs can be added before the butter melts to infuse some extra flavours. Once the mushrooms are nice and browned, they can then be added into the braise. It’s best to start cooking the mushrooms in the last 20 minutes of cooking to have everything ready at the same time. 

mulled wine beef stew

FINISHING TOUCHES

Once the beef is tender, it can be pulled out of the pot and chopped into smaller cubes or if you prefer to shred the meat that’s an option as well. The sauce should have thickened nicely from the flour and duration, therefore you shouldn’t need to further thicken the braise. Spoon the stew over some potatoes or serve as is. Top with some fresh chopped parsley and enjoy with a side of crusty bread. 

 

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mulled wine beef stew
Yield: 6

Mulled Wine Beef Stew

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 day 8 hours
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 day 8 hours 30 minutes

Mulled wine slow roasted beef stew with roasted baby potatoes. Slow roasted beef with mulling spices mixed into a classic wine braise with fresh herbs. This stew is rich and comforting and perfect for the winter season. It’s such a simple dinner make, but the flavours are bold and comforting it just makes it feel kind of festive.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lb chuck roast
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 5 medium sized carrots, cut into rounds
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 TBS tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups red wine
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 cube beef bouillon
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole black cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg, grated
  • 2 rosemary stems
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 cups of mushrooms, such as button and cremini
  • 1 TBS butter
  • chopped parsley for garnish
  • Optional: roasted baby potatoes to serve

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Season beef with salt and pepper on both sides and cut into smaller chunks if needed. Once the oil is hot, brown the meat on all sides and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, add more oil if needed, cook the onions, carrots and celery until tender for 10 minutes. Add the garlic, bouillon and tomato paste stirring to incorporate. Sprinkle with flour.
  4. Pour in some of the wine to deglaze the pan and scrape any browned bits across the bottom of the pan. Add the remaining wine, broth. Bring to a gentle boil and return the browned beef.
  5. Stud half an orange with the cloves so that they can easily be removed after cooking. Place orange half in the pot along with cinnamon stick, star anise, grated nutmeg, and the fresh herbs. Cover with lid and transfer to the oven. Cook for 2h30 hours or until the beef is cooked through and tender. Remove the beef from the pot and cut into smaller cubes or shred and return to the pot.
  6. About 20 minutes before serving cook the mushrooms. In a large pan, melt butter with olive oil. When hot add the mushrooms and cook until nicely browned. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Once the mushrooms are cooked add them to the stew.
  7. To serve: if serving with potatoes, divide potatoes amongst plates and ladle overtop the mulled stew. Sprinkle some chopped parsley overtop and enjoy!

Notes

*Roasted potatoes: if serving with roasted potatoes, Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Par-bake the potatoes by boiling for 12 minutes. Remove from the water and toss potatoes with oilive oil and salt and pepper. Spread on a baking tray in a single layer. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and roasted.

*Start the potatoes in the last hour of cooking. Use baby potatoes that have been halved.

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