Red Wine Braised Stew

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Because I dislike my job and had a bunch of spare paid time off, I decided not to go to work and stay home to play Assassins Creed and make some good old stew. Because I am at the mercy of my local store for meat, they only had a few packs of sad thin cuts of round roast to choose from. I got two just because.  2013-12-31 15.15.46

Luckily I also found these bad boys on sale hiding in the back of the shelf. Score.

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I started by cutting up the meat into little chunks so I could fit all of it in the pot.

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Also chopped up some onions and celery.

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I also decided to do something a little different than usual. Instead of beef broth or Guinness, I decided to use some red wine to change things up a bit. I picked up this bottle of Charles Shaw from Trader Joe’s for $2.99. It is surprisingly good for being only $2.99. I also discovered that it is made by Fred Franzia…yes that Franzia that we have all come to know and love.

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The recipe called for some tomato paste as well. The acidity of the tomatoes actually helps break down the meat quicker.

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I started off by searing all the meat and creating this wondrous meat tower. This is the dream right here.

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Then I threw in the veggies…

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Next I added in the seasoning, tomato paste and flour to thicken the sauce.

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Finally the wine….

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And more wine…

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Place the meat back in and pray that everything fits.

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Place the entire thing in the over at 350 for ~4 hours. Because of the flour and red wine, this came out thicker and heartier than my previous roasts. However, it was just a delicious as the rest.

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Serve over mashed potatoes or rice and enjoy!

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