This beef stew for two replicates the flavors in tzimmes, a sweet stew traditionally served at Rosh Hashanah to start the New Year. This version gets natural sweetness from cherries and butternut squash.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2008


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large ovenproof saucepan over medium heat. Add beef and cook until browned on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low, add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and shallot to the pan; cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Stir in thyme, sage, salt and pepper; cook for 30 seconds. Return the beef to the pan and sprinkle with flour. Cook, stirring often, until the flour browns, about 3 minutes. Pour in broth; scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking until the liquid bubbles and thickens slightly, about 2 minutes. Stir in squash.

  • Cover the pan and transfer to the oven. Bake for 1 hour. Stir in cherries, cover and continue baking until the meat is tender when pierced with a fork, about 30 minutes more.

  • Makes 2 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each.

Nutrition Facts

385.5 calories; protein 28g 56% DV; carbohydrates 42.9g 14% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 5.2g 21% DV; sugars 15.9g; fat 11.4g 18% DV; saturated fat 2.3g 12% DV; cholesterol 66.9mg 22% DV; vitamin a iu 19561.8IU 391% DV; vitamin c 38mg 63% DV; folate 67.5mcg 17% DV; calcium 106.3mg 11% DV; iron 4.4mg 24% DV; magnesium 79.8mg 29% DV; potassium 931.3mg 26% DV; sodium 841.4mg 34% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 26% DV.

Reviews (12)

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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
Oh my word this was sooo delicious! Only change was I used top round roast because that is what I had on hand. Otherwise made exactly as is. When I make it again (and I will) I will do as another reviewer suggested and add another 1/2 C. broth when I add the cherries. It would have been nice to have a little extra sauce for the noodles. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I tripled the recipe but used 8 oz of beef 8 oz of pork and 8 oz of Abdouille sausage. I cooked it in a cast iron Dutch oven. I also used freshly picked herbs rather than dried. It turned out rather thick and delicious with a nice mix of flavors. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Really Good! This was really good! I hope this doesn't annoy review readers who want strictly the recipe at hand- but I made some serious substitutions- and it still turned out really good! I had just received my farm share and had a large amount of carrots and parsnips- so I used those instead of butternut squash. (I used 2 parsnips 2 carrots- it came out to be about 3 cups diced I believe) I also used 1/4 of an onion instead of shallot- I didn't have one on hand so onion it was. I omitted the sage added 1 piece of finely chopped bacon fried the beef in about 1/2 leftover grease and added 2 TBLS of varietal wine vinegar (I think that's a cheap version of red wine). I also added dried cranberries (like another reviewer) and they were really good! I am always skeptical adding dried fruit to dishes- I really don't like the texture of dried fruit especially in baked goods. But the texture really isn't noticeable in this dish- it's like just little bites of sweet/tart goodness! I actually doubled the recipe since I had 1 lb. of stew meet kicking around- kept the cook time the same. Everything turned out great! (I did add a little extra broth) Lastly instead of egg noodles I served this over mashed potatoes. For anything you eat with this dish- just make sure you have enough juice kicking around at the end to act like a sauce/gravy. If I could have done anything different it would have been to add a little more broth at the 1 hour mark so there was ple Read More
Rating: 4 stars
havent made it yet but it sounds awesome!!! I think I'm going to try it in a crock pot. Maybe just add the butternut squash a little later? Read More
Rating: 3 stars
tasty Will make this again but must figure out how to make meat more tender. Used dried cranberries cause that was what I had. Pros: a different kind of stew Cons: beef was dry and not tender although completely done Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy and delicious. I would not recommend frozen butternut squash - it breaks down and you get almost a chunky ragu. Still tastes delicious and saves chopping time but it won't look like the pic!:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
wonderful warming stew every where I bring it people ask for the recipe this is tasty filling healthy and fun! Cherries Beef Thyme and Sage make this dance on your tastebuds Pros: great way to consume a whole bunch of Veggies! Cons: never enough for every one who wants MORE! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yum! My husband and I really enjoyed this. We left out the cherries but did everything else exactly as the recipe stated. We served it over a bed of cauliflower garlic mashed potatoes (prepare one packet of trader joe's boxed garlic mashed potato mix and add 1/2 head of steamed cauliflower...mash together.) Comfort foot at its finest! Pros: Easy Simple not too many ingredients Cons: Long cooking time Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Didn't have sage so I used an Herbes de Provence blend (rosemary fennel thyme savory tarragon...) and I also substituted dried cranberries for the cherries. It was great! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This seemed like a good idea but was a little sweet for me. I think in the future I might substitute half the squash for diced potato and I think cranberries would definitely be better than cherries. The beef turned out really well though and the spice was great - I didn't have thyme so I used 1 teaspoon Sage and a dash of oregano instead. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was a great recipe. There was no butternut squash at my market so I used yellow squash. I also used dried cranberries because they were cheaper. The result was delicious!! I loved it so much that I am probably going to make it again for my boyfriend. The only thing is that it does take two hours to make so this is a perfect recipe for the weekend and not during the week. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Really Easy & Tasty! This was a really easy recipe. I dont like dried fruit (cranberries or cherries) in my food so I left that out. It was still an excellent dish. I did add garlic potatoes and a little more beef broth which made it nice and thick. Will cook this again! Pros: Simple Filling Healthy Cons: No cherries Read More