FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS – Braised Beef with Pears – December 25 – Partridge in a Pear Tree

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless chuck or rump roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ½  medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 inch of ginger, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 2 cups beef stalk
  • 1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
  • 2 pears, cut into 4 wedges and seeds removed
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, large enough to hold all of the roast cubes, mix the flour, salt, and pepper together.  
  3. In a large pan, over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  4. While the oil is getting hot toss the roast in the flour mixture until it is coated evenly.
  5. In batches add the roast and brown until each side is browned, about 2-4 minutes then using tongs remove the beef and set aside.  Repeat until all of the roast has been browned.  NOTE: Add additional olive oil if needed.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon olive oil, if needed.  Add the onion and celery and cook until the onion starts to get translucent about 5-8 minutes.  Add the ginger and garlic and cook for an additional 1 minutes.  Add the red wine, beef stalk, chocolate, and pears.  Using a wooden spoon scrape the bottom of the pan to get the pieces on the bottom into the mixture.
  7. In a large casserole dish or dutch oven cooker, add the roast, the onion mixture, and bay leaves.  Cover and cook for 3 hours
  8. Remove the beef and pears and cover with aluminum foil.  Remove the bay leaf and pour the mixture into a stock pot over medium-high heat.  Reduce the sauce by about ½.  Season with salt and pepper if necessary.
  9. Serve by placing the roast and 2 pear wedges into 4 bowls and then ladle the reduced liquid into the bowls.

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Tomorrow is the Second Day of Christmas, Two Turtle Doves.  Ingredients for tomorrow’s recipe are listed below:

  • 1 stick butter butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks including leaf, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 – 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 15 ounce can crushed tomato
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5 ounce can plus 1 14.5 ounce can chicken broth
  • 1 14.5 ounce can beef broth
  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce, optional
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1½ teaspoons dried thyme
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup flour
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
 

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