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Sweet & Savory Beef Stew

September/October 2008

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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.



READER'S COMMENT:
"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...
Sweet & Savory Beef Stew

10 Reviews for Sweet & Savory Beef Stew

01/10/2015
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 plenty of liquid at the end!

Easy substitutions, Tasty, Can Cleave Kitchen while in Oven
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11/16/2014
Anonymous
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?

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12/03/2013
Anonymous
tasty

Will make this again, but must figure out how to make meat more tender. Used dried cranberries, cause that was what I had.

a different kind of stew
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01/13/2013
Anonymous

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! :)

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11/22/2012
Anonymous
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

great way to consume a whole bunch of Veggies!
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