Recipe by Lolly B
"This gorgeous casserole with beef and onions is best made the day before. Store the leftovers in the fridge covered, it also freezes well."
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olive oil, divided
beef stew meat, cubed
(4- by 1-inch) fresh orange zest
1 (14.5 ounce) can
pearl onions, peeled
Found this recipe while looking for something different to do with beef stew meat. I was attracted to it because of the spices and how different it sounded. I had to modify it somewhat based on what I had on hand. I didnt have an orange, so added a tiny bit of lemon zest. The only diced tomatoes I had on hand had green chiles in them so I used it. It actually made it quite nice with just a tiny spicy bite to it. I made this in the crockpot and let it cook all day. I didnt have any boiling onions so used regular yellow onions, roughly chopped. I removed some of the liquid after it was cooked and thickened it with flour and added it back in and let it thicken. We ate it over buttered egg noodles and we all loved it. I will be making this again.
I added two things to make this a whole balanced meal. Carrots and peas. Left out the pearl onions, we are still in debate if we like the texture of them or not. Did use the chopped onion though. I changed the way I cooked everything in this recipe and was able to use one pan instead of how many call for. I was really worried about all the spices but they worked, but I did leave out the sugar. Had to add about a cup of water throughout cooking to keep liquid in the pot so I threw in a beef cube at some point, it got bland. I served this over cauliflower rice, it was a delicious dish in the end after my tweeks and everyone enjoyed :)
I saved this recipe last fall (the ingredients were intriguing), but the numerous cooking steps/timing turned-me-off: So, I used a slowcooker. Omitted olive oil, butter, water, chopped onion. I heated all ingredients (used 1.5# stew meat) on stove (to give it a heated head start ) then placed in slowcooker. Wasn't sure if the can of diced tomatoes was supposed to be drained or not, so didn't drain and omitted the 1/2 cup of water. I added boiling onions a top of other ingredients, an hour into cooking, so they wouldn't become mushy. Used pearl onions (as stated in recipe) the second time I made & we liked those better---stronger flavour & sweeter than boiling onions. Cooked on low for 4.5 hours, however it may have been ready in 3.5-4 hours: The meat was extremely break-apart tender. At the beginning of cook time the aroma reminded me of pumpkin pie (no, it doesn't taste a bit like pie)! This dish is very tasty with a nice, mellow combination of spice and orange zest. The sauce is very thin when prepared in a slowcooker, but simple to thicken. Served with sticky rice but egg noodles, or potatoes (mashed or otherwise) would also be a complimentary starch.
Dee-licious! The orange zest really added something, so don't leave it out. I had 1/2 lb less beef than needed for the recipe, so I used only 1 Tbsp butter and 1/2 lb of pearl onions. Too lazy to peel fresh so I used the frozen pearl onions and still tasted great. I ended up cooking most of this yesterday and refrigerating overnight, then cooking the pearl onions tonight and simmering them with the reheated stew. Came out fine. My only suggestion is that though the gravy is wonderful with those spices and the wine etc., there would barely have been enough if I'd used the full 2 lbs of beef, so you might like to increase your liquid. Thank you for a tasty recipe. Nice change from my usual beef stews. Served it with broccoli and mashed potatoes, but it would be good with noodles or those tiny European dumplings.
very good. I wasn't crazy about it the night I made it (hubby and kids were), but I loved it the second night after it had a chance to mellow in the fridge for awhile.
This was good, but not our favorite meal. We made it exactly as stated and served it with noodles. It is just a bit sweeter than we like, though everyone happily ate it they didn't feel it was worth the work to make it again. However, IF we do make it again we are going to try adding potato and carrot, which my family feels will better compliment the sweetness than the noodles.
Wanting to use up a package of stew meat, I came across this recipe. I browned the meat on the stovetop, but then added all the ingredients to the crock-pot except the pearl onions. I cooked on low for about 6 1/2 hours. With one hour left, I add the thawed (frozen) onions. The onions were hot at serving time. I served this over brown rice along with a salad, 7Up Biscuits and 'Southern Peach Cobbler' from AR for dessert.
Great flavor! I did change some things to simplify the recipe. I browned all the meat together with the garlic and onions in a wok, covered. Then I added the red wine, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. Instead of orange zest I added ~1 tsp dried orange flakes. I added the complete can, undrained of diced tomatoes and instead of the water, I added beef stock to add flavor. When I make this again, I think I will omit the pearl onions. They were tasty but they were a lot of work to peel and not essential to the meal. I might replace them with some other vegetable like green beans. I served it over egg noodles and with crescent rolls. Delicious!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/5 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 5
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 443
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