Beef and Paprika Ragout

December 9, 2008 · 12 comments

in beef,dairy-free,soups and stews


As a result of the blog change, I’ve fallen just a wee (okay, quite a bit) behind on my blog. I was somewhat mortified to discover how many pictures I had on my memory stick that hadn’t been uploaded or written about. And you know what that means–I have a hard time remembering what, exactly, went into those dishes. Oops! But don’t worry because now that I’ve been introduced to Windows Live Writer, I’m hoping this is no longer a problem. Or, I should probably reintroduce myself to the pen and paper.

So, I’m not gonna lie. The recipe below might be a little off, but I have a feeling that even if it is, it will still be quite tasty. This is sort of a cross between a beef stew and beef paprikash. It was a way for me to use up some extra carrots and celery without making my extra-carrot-and-celery-fallback (stir fry) or beef stew, since I was out of potatoes. This is a really comforting dish and the smoked paprika plays well with the red wine to create a nice, rich flavor.

I get on major soup and stew kicks in the winter (case in point: we had chicken and white bean stew last night, and are having beef stew tonight) because after some chopping, they practically cook themselves, and I just love eating comforting dishes in terrible weather.

 

Beef and Paprika Ragout

Serves 4
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1 lb. beef chuck, cubed (or stew meat)
1/3 cup flour
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2-3 celery ribs, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 Tbsp. tomato paste
2/3 cup dry red wine
1 cup beef broth
2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp. dried parsley
1/2 lb. mushrooms, halved or quartered
salt and pepper
Egg noodles, for serving
Season the beef with salt and pepper, and then dredge in the flour  (or put the flour in a bowl or bag and shake it like a polaroid picture).

Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven and when hot, add the beef. Brown the beef on all sides and then remove from the pot with a slotted spoon. Add the onions to the pot and cook until tender. Stir in the carrots, celery, and garlic, cooking for an additional minute or so. Add the tomato paste, and cook another minute or so.

Stir the wine into the pot and increase the temperature slightly. Scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan as  you deglaze, and cook off the alcohol until about 1/4 cup remains. Add the beef broth, smoked paprika, bay leaf, parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and then add the beef back in. Cover, reduce heat to low, and let simmer for an hour or two. Really, as long as you want/have. The beef will just keep getting more and more tender. Add the mushrooms and simmer for an additional 30 minutes. Season to taste if necessary and serve over egg noodles.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

giz December 9, 2008 at 9:13 pm

What wonderful pictures but then you have a great subject that’s extremely photogenic not to mention delicious looking.
I personally am thrilled you moved – I’ve always had a problem posting to your blog and this interface is far friendlier.

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Peter G December 10, 2008 at 1:29 am

I totally agree about soups and stews in winter..they’re so easy! Bring on the late entries Elly…look forward to reading about your delicious concoctions!

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joan nova December 10, 2008 at 8:28 am

Welcome back…this was worth waiting for. It looks delicious!

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colleen December 10, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Oooh my husband is going to love this – I can’t wait to try it!

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Núria December 10, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Hola Elly! Wonderful job!!!! I love the new blog design :D, really neat! Could you please hand me a plate… please? Your Ragout looks superb!!!

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Kate December 10, 2008 at 4:51 pm

I swear sometimes we are the exact same person (says the girl with beef stew in the crockpot right now)

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Kevin December 10, 2008 at 10:10 pm

That looks so good and sounds really tasty. I like using paprika in dishes like this.

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Peter December 11, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Umm-hmmm, I can taste this now with the smoked paprika…you make me weak, dear Elly.

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nina December 12, 2008 at 10:24 am

I find that I use smoked paprika more and more these days! I love the color of this ragout!

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Ivy December 12, 2008 at 11:45 am

What’s not to like about the ingredients given any way? Still sounds delicious. The same happened to me some time back and now I take pictures of the ingredients I use so as not to forget when writing the recipe. It actually works!!

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Ally December 12, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Gosh that looks good!

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Jaime December 22, 2008 at 8:50 pm

i am going to try this recipe – i love both beef stew and beef paprikash! wonderful creation, elly!

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