Sweet & Savory Beef Stew

This beef stew for two replicates the flavors in tzimmes, a sweet stew traditionally served at Rosh Hashanah to start the New Year. This version gets natural sweetness from cherries and butternut squash.

Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

Used by permission. (c) Eating Well, Inc.

Sweet & Savory Beef Stew

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    2 1/2 teaspoons canola oil, divided 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    8 ounces bottom-round beef, trimmed, cut into 3/4-inch cubes 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
    1 large shallot, halved and thinly sliced 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
    1 teaspoon dried thyme 2 1/2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash
    1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage 1/3 cup dried cherries
    1/2 teaspoon salt


    Prep: 30 min Total: More than 60 min
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    • 1

      Preheat oven to 350F.

    • 2

      Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large ovenproof saucepan over medium heat. Add beef and cook until browned on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

    • 3

      Reduce heat to medium-low, add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and shallot to the pan; cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Stir in thyme, sage, salt and pepper; cook for 30 seconds. Return the beef to the pan and sprinkle with flour. Cook, stirring often, until the flour browns, about 3 minutes. Pour in broth; scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking until the liquid bubbles and thickens slightly, about 2 minutes. Stir in squash.

    • 4

      Cover the pan and transfer to the oven. Bake for 1 hour. Stir in cherries, cover and continue baking until the meat is tender when pierced with a fork, about 30 minutes more. Makes 2 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each.

    nutritional information

    5 g
    12 g
    Saturated Fat:
    2 g
    43 g
    29 g
    843 mg
    Monounsaturated Fat:
    6 g
    1 1/2 starch, 1 fruit, 3 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat
    76 g
    Carbohydrate Servings:
    2 1/2
    939 mg
    Nutrition Bonus:
    Vitamin A (390% daily value), Vitamin C (60% dv), Potassium (28% dv), Iron (25% dv), Magnesium (20% dv).
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