Holiday beef stew

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Aaahhh, the deep richness of stew that had been cooked in red wine. It’s incomparable. So perfect for the chilly nights that go hand-in-glove with the holiday season. I used about three quarters of a bottle of Merlot for this beef stew, a generous amount of herbs was added and the sauce was thickened with a mixture of flour and butter.

It starts with mirepoix which provides the first layer of concentrated yet still subtle flavors. Then, the Merlot and the herbs, and that’s really all you need to infuse the meat with all things wonderful.

Note that there are two ways you can prepare the beef to make sure that the beef pieces retain their shape better during the long, slow cooking. One is to parboil; the other is to brown the meat. Your choice. href="http://celebration.casaveneracion.com/holiday-beef-stew/">(more)

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