Beef Stew Scented with Horseradish
Beef Stew Scented with Horseradish
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  • 2 1/2 pounds stew beef, cubed into 2-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Flour, for dredging
  • 4-5 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 bottle warm lager beer
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3-4 cups beef stock
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 pounds baby Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • A handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 bundle watercress or upland cress, for garnish
  • Pumpernickel or sourdough bread, for serving

Pat the meat dry. Sprinkle it with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, then dredge in flour.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once hot and ripping, add half of the meat and brown, then remove to a plate. Repeat with the second batch of meat. Once all the meat is evenly browned, reduce the heat a bit and add another drizzle of oil, if necessary. Add the onions, garlic and bay leaf and cook to soften, 7-8 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir for a minute. Stir in the beer and reduce by half, a minute or two more. Add the Worcestershire sauce, beef stock, horseradish and beef. Add just enough water to surround the meat and partially cover. Simmer over medium-low heat for 2 hours, until very tender. Cool and store in the fridge for a make-ahead meal.

To serve, quarter the potatoes. Cover with water in a medium size pot and bring to boil. Salt the water and cook to just-tender, 10-12 minutes, tops. Drain and return to the hot pot. Add the butter and parsley and stir to melt the butter.

Place a small pile of buttered potatoes in each shallow bowl, top with stew and garnish with watercress leaves. Serve with pumpernickel or sourdough bread.

Cook’s Note: When storing bread in your kitchen for a few days, wrap tightly in plastic to keep tender, and crisp in a hot oven. Do not refrigerate.

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