If you've seen Julie & Julia you are all too familiar with this famous dish.
It's everything you want it to be. Except easy to cook. This delicious meal has a long cooking process.
Luckily you can make an equally scrumptious version in the slow cooker!
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 lbs. of lean chuck roast, diced into 1-2" cubes, patted dry
salt & pepper to season
4 strips of think cut bacon, diced
1 bunch of thyme (tied with cooking string)
1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups red wine (cabernet sauvignon, merlot, bordeaux, pinot noir)
1 cup beef stock
3 tablespoons tomato paste (from the tube)
4 carrots, chopped into 1" cubes
16 oz. mushrooms (cremini or baby bella), halved
10 oz. pearl onions
optional: 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
Chopped parsley, to garnish
- Pat chuck roast dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper.
- Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add olive oil to the pan. Then add chuck roast and sear each side for 2-3 minutes until it is slightly browned. Put seared chuck in the slow cooker.
- Add bacon to the skillet. Saute until browned. About 3-4 minutes. Add bacon to the slow cooker.
- Next add onions and garlic to skillet. Saute until onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add onions to slow cooker.
- Next, add red wine to hot skillet. Using a wooden spoon, scrap all the brown bits of the bottom of the pan. Add in the beef stock and tomato paste to pan, whisk together and continue to scrap the pan until everything is removed.
- Add bundle of thyme to slow cooker along with carrots, mushrooms, and pear onions. Pour red wine mixture into the slow cooker. Gently stir and cover.
- Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, or until meat is tender.
- If the sauce is not thick enough, add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch (or arrowroot) along with 1 tablespoon of water to a small bowl. Mix together until the dry ingredients are dissolved. Stir that mixture into the sauce and let cook for 5 minutes.
- Garnish with additional thyme or flat leaf parsley.
The meat and vegetables can be prepared the day before and simmered the next day.
The prepared stew can also be refrigerated and then warmed over low heat the second day (this is a stew that is often even better the second day).