Scottish Beef Stew

by Jana Harvey on April 14, 2011

2 Tbs. pure olive oil
All-purpose flour, for dredging
2 1/2 lbs. well-marbled boneless beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 Tbs. unsalted butter
2 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch dice
4 oz. rutabega, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 Tbs. red currant jelly
2 cups Jana Cathedral Bordeaux Blend
2 cups beef stock or low sodium broth
2 thyme sprigs
1 garlic clove, smashed
1 bay leaf
Salt and freshly ground pepper

In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil until shimmering. Spread the flour in a shallow bowl. Season the beef with salt and pepper and dredge in the flour; shake off any excess flour. Add half of the meat to the casserole and cook over moderately high heat until browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to moderate and cook until browned on the other side, about 2 minutes longer. With a slotted spoon, transfer the meat to a bowl. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and floured meat, browning the meat over moderate heat. Melt the butter in the casserole. Add the onions, carrots, celery and rutabaga and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 7 minutes. Add the jelly and the wine and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the casserole. Add the beef stock and bring to a boil. Add the browned meat and any accumulated juices along with the thyme, garlic and bay leaf and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer over low heat until the meat is tender about 1 1/2 hours.


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