Gloomy long winter days call for hearty, warming food. My take on a classic French ‘daube’ or stew is a delicious, healthy family friendly dish, topped with a soft, gluten free crust.
- 3 pounds Grass Fed Beef Chuck Roast, cut into 2-inch cubes
- 4 Tbsp. Ghee or Olive Oil
- 1 large Yellow Onion, finely diced
- ½ Fennel Bulb, finely diced
- 4 cloves Garlic, minced
- 4 medium Carrots, peeled and cut into large dice
- 4 large Parsnips, peeled and cut into large dice
- 2 cups Crushed Tomatoes
- 1/4 cup Sundried Tomato Tapenade
- 1 cup Red Wine
- 4 cups Beef Stock
- 2 Tbsp. Gluten Free Flour blend
- 1 Tbsp. Herbs’ de Provence
- Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste
- 8 oz Spinach, washed, trimmed and rough diced
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade cut.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Pat beef dry with paper towels, (it will not brown well if it is damp), season with salt and pepper.
- Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat, add a little oil, add the meat in a single layer without crowding the pan, and sauté until nicely browned on all sides.
- Remove from the pan and work in batches browning the rest of the meat.
- Add a little more ghee and sauté the rest of the onion, fennel and garlic until softened and caramelized.
- Add the carrots and parsnips, add the meat back to the pan.
- Add the red wine, allow heat through
- In a large jug or bowl, whisk the flour into the broth, and add to the pan.
- Add the tomato paste, sundried tomatoes and herbs de Provence. Bring to a simmer on top of the stove.
- Cover casserole and set in lower third of oven. Regulate heat so that liquid simmers very slowly for 2 to 3 hours, until meat is fork tender.
- Stir in the basil chiffonade and spinach, taste for seasoning.
- Ladle the stew in individual oven proof casserole dishes, or one large dish.
- Place back in the oven for 10 minutes to heat the dishes.
- Top with Soft Gluten Free Pot Pie Topping, bake at 400F for 25 to 35 minutes.
- I love the result from slow cooking food in a dutch oven, however this dish can also be prepared in a slow cooker or adapted for the Instapot, adapt accordingly.
- Make sure the beef is not icy cold when you cook with it, and pat the beef dry well, this will ensure it browns ad does not poach.
- This recipe can be prepared in individual servings or one big family style dish, adjust cooking time accordingly.