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


Recipe Summary

2 hrs


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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

386 calories; protein 28g; carbohydrates 42.9g; dietary fiber 5.2g; sugars 15.9g; fat 11.4g; saturated fat 2.3g; cholesterol 66.9mg; vitamin a iu 19561.8IU; vitamin c 38mg; folate 67.5mcg; calcium 106.3mg; iron 4.4mg; magnesium 79.8mg; potassium 931.3mg; sodium 841.4mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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