A lot of people think of cooking beef in red wine or beer but not white wine.
White wine gives a lighter flavor to the dish – and is a nice change if you normally use red.
This dish is based on a French recipe from the Alsace region and calls for Riesling or Sylvaner.
I didn’t do this in the slow cooker. As long as I was browning the beef and having lots of vegetables, I decided the heavy casserole in the oven was best.
Besides…. I didn’t want to miss any of the wonderful smells or the chance to lift the lid and stir.
This requires an overnight marinade in the wine
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Braised Beef in White Wine
This is a hearty Alsatian stew traditionally served with simple boiled potatoes. It will serve 4 or 2 people for 2 meals.
Have it the first night with potatoes, and toss the leftovers with past for the next.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 4 hours
- Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Stews
- 24oz (750gr) beef, suitable for braising or stewing, cut into 1 1/2″ (4cm) cubes
- 4 medium carrots, sliced
- 3 medium leeks, sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups (15oz, 450gr) whole tomatoes, chopped, juices reserved
- 4oz (250gr) mushrooms, trimmed, sliced
- 2 1/2 cups (20oz, 600ml) white wine, Sylvaner or Riesling
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 bouquet garni
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 2 tbs cornstarch dissolved in 2 tbs water
- Combine the beef, leeks, carrots, garlic, herbs and spices in a deep bowl.
- Pour wine over and marinate for 24 hours, stirring once or twice.
- Remove beef and drain, reserving all marinade and vegetables.
- Heat oil in a heavy casserole.
- Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and brown well. Remove to a plate.
- When all the beef is browned remove the casserole from heat and spoon the vegetables into the bottom, spreading evenly.
- Put the beef on top, pour the marinade, herbs and spice over the top.
- Bake, 300F (160C) for 3 hours.
- Add tomatoes, mushrooms to the casserole and bake for another hour.
- Remove from oven and remove bay leaves, bouquet garni
- Heat to boiling over medium heat.
- Add cornstarch, stirring until thickened
You could substitute a Gewurztraminer or Pinot Blanc for the Riesling or Sylvaner. A Chardonnay would be too dry.
The prep time is 15 minutes to prepare for marinating and 15 minutes to brown the meat and get in the oven.
Keywords: beef stew, beef white wine
I had a good day today.
I have had lots of perfectly adequate days since the pandemic started, a few bad days, and a few better than normal days.
Today was good.
I found cranberries.
I didn’t expect to find them this year. Lock-downs, general disarray and a somewhat frosty relationship had me thinking maybe France wouldn’t be importing foods from the U.S.
The cranberries came from Canada.
Today was the first time I ventured out to the small shops in almost a year. It’s not that I haven’t been allowed to. All of the food shops and supermarkets have been open. But I, personally, don’t think I need to go from shop to shop every week or even month when the recommendation is to keep outings to a minimum. I’ve been doing all of my food shopping twice a month using a combination of drive-through pick-up for the big stuff and the large supermarket for everything else.
With the holidays coming I decided it was time to do some fun shopping. We may not be going anywhere or seeing anyone but that doesn’t mean we can’t have our own holidays with all of our favorites things.
Many people still think that we expats crave things like peanut butter (I have a choice of many brands) or sour cream (crème fraîche?). For me it’s dark brown sugar. There is only 1 small shop in another village that carries it. She also has molasses so I’m good for Christmas cookies.
The best part of today’s shopping was, as is often the case, at Grand Frais. Not only did I find fresh cranberries, I found black-eyed peas and rose coco beans (cranberry beans) and lots of other beans that I didn’t buy; vialone nano and carnaroli risotto rice, and many other hard-to-find things that are on my list for next time.
It’s possible I’m starved for fun – and retail therapy.