This classic French stew simmers slowly for several hours, so it's perfect for a weekend feast.



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a 6-to-8-quart saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, cook bacon uncovered over medium-low heat until browned, 10 to 15 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate; set aside. Reserve bacon fat.

  • Season beef generously with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, dredge beef in flour, shaking off excess. Raise heat to medium. Working in two batches, brown beef in bacon fat on all sides, without crowding, about 10 minutes per batch. Transfer each batch to a bowl.

  • Pour 1/2 cup water into pan; bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, to loosen browned bits, until liquid has reduced to a few tablespoons, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until slightly softened, 3 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute.

  • Add carrots, meat (with juices), wine, thyme, and reserved bacon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer over low, stirring occasionally, until meat is tender, but not falling apart, 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

  • Skim fat off surface of stew; discard. Stir

    Roasted Mushrooms and Pearl Onions into beef; season with salt and pepper. Serve, or refrigerate, covered, up to overnight.

Cook's Notes

If after step 5, sauce is too thin, continue cooking until it thickens a bit. Or, if sauce is too thick, stir in a little water.

Reviews (8)

71 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 36
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
While it was a quite heavy meal, that is expected with French cooking. The wine sauce really made the dish. We used a Cabernet Sauvignon which absolutely worked well. We weren't exactly able to "skim the fat off the top" as the recipe mentions, but the meat just fell right apart so this was not a problem. Bon appetit!
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I've been making this ever since it appeared in Everyday Food. It the was the first time my husband took one bite of something and said "You can make THIS again"! So, needless to say, it has been a favorite around here!
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This was a huge hit with my friends visiting from New York and they were very impressed. Thank you, Martha!!!
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Cooked this as I described, Alan is 6'5"/225 lbs (I tell him he has hollow legs) and can put down the food. He praised the meal so much that I ate a small plate and he devoured the rest before I could eat more. Thank you Martha for the wonderful recipe!!!!!!!!
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twist to own liking. 4 1/2 lbs tri-tip/deglazew/1 cup beef broth; Cabernet Savuignon (1 3/4 bottles)add 3/4 bottle to thin as needed, 10 pcs bacon xtra grease to brown; 1lb carrots; (5 med cubed red spuds w/skin 40 mins prior to end); 1 tbsp thyme; no salt; 1 head garlic; 3 tbsp paste; shroom/onion-fresh pearls, boiled/skinned/diced garlic/thyme/pepper/Ms Dash(roast as directed) add 10 mins prior to serving - heart stopping but excellent. Happy Birthday Alan! eat in moderation
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I also use a good beef stock to deglaze and a bouquet garni with thyme and rosemary. I serve this sometimes with a small serve of Risotto alla Milanese or Parmesan Risotto as a mid-week meal. I can recommend this, as our friends also like this one when over for a winters night dinner.
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I also used a bouquet garni with thyme and rosemary.
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This was a great recipe. I did use beef stock instead of water to de-glaze the pan, (step 3) also added more beef stock in addition to the bottle of red wine. It gave the dish a more rich beefy flavor. We served it over noodles, everyone had seconds. Too bad for us there were no leftovers.