Mark Bittman prepares a patience-required classic — beef with red wine — from his bestselling "How to Cook Everything" cookbook. The winter staple, packed with carrots, onions and celery, is a perfect end-of-winter dinner option.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into 2-inch chunks
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 onions, chopped
- 1 large or 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 1/2 cup red wine, or more as needed
- 1/2 cup chicken, beef or vegetable stock or water
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh
- Parsley leaves for garnish
Heat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. When it's hot, add some of the meat, working in batches to avoid crowding; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is browned on all sides, adjusting the heat and turning the pieces as needed so they don't burn, about 10 minutes for each piece. As they brown, transfer them to a platter; repeat until all the meat is browned.Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of the fat; lower the heat to medium. Add the onions, carrot and celery, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, 5 to 10 minutes.Stir in the wine and stock, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot, and add the browned meat. The braising liquid should come about halfway up the sides of the meat. If it doesn't, add more liquid until it does. Raise the heat and bring to a boil; then lower it so that the mixture barely bubbles. Cover the pot and transfer it to the oven. Cook, stirring every 45 minutes and adding liquid to keep the meat half submerged, until the meat begins to get tender, at least 1 1/2 hours and more likely more than 2 hours.Now begin to check the meat every 15 minutes or so, adding a spoonful more liquid only if the pot looks too dry. The braise is done when the meat is very tender and almost falling apart, at least another 30 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning, garnish with the parsley, and serve.