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Beef Stew with Turnips (Beef Bourguignonne)

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Turnips have a delicately sweet flavor when young, but as they mature they lose their sweetness and become woody. Therefore, it is best to buy them when they are at their peak, between November and February. The greens, which are edible, should be bright green and garden fresh. If unavailable, substitute Swiss chard, dandelion greens, beet greens or kale.
  Olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Yellow onions 2 , finely chopped
  Bacon/Pancetta 2 Ounce, finely diced
  Beef stew meat 3 Pound, cut into 1 to 1 1/2-inch cubes (such as chuck roast or sirloin tip)
  All purpose flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm), minced
  Fresh flat leaf parsley stems 6
  Fresh thyme sprigs 2
  Bay leaves 2
  Dry red wine 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs) (such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Cotes-du-Rhone)
  Beef broth/Veal broth 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Tomato paste 1 Tablespoon
  Turnips/15 baby turnips 4 , larger ones cut into wedges (peeled)
  Turnip greens 1 Bunch (100 gm), leaves cut crosswise into strips (stems removed)
  Freshly ground pepper To Taste
  Salt To Taste

In a large, heavy pot over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onions and bacon and sauté until the onions are soft, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the onions and bacon to a plate and set aside.

Working in batches, add the beef to the pot in a single layer; do not crowd the pot. Cook, uncovered, turning occasionally, until golden brown on all sides, 7 to 10 minutes. When all the meat is browned, return it to the pot, sprinkle with the flour and cook, stirring, until the meat is evenly coated, about 1 minute. Return the onions and bacon to the pot and add the garlic. Using kitchen string, tie the parsley stems, thyme sprigs and bay leaves into a bundle and add to the pot as well.

Increase the heat to high, pour in the wine and bring to a boil, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from the pot bottom. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced by one-fourth, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the broth and tomato paste and stir well. Increase the heat to high, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the meat is tender when pierced with a knife, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Remove the herb bundle and discard. Add the turnips, cover and cook until tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes. Add the turnip greens, cover and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the stew into warmed bowls and serve immediately. Serves 6.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Meaty, Rich
Preparation Time: 
40 Minutes
Cook Time: 
160 Minutes
Ready In: 
200 Minutes
Beef Stew with Turnips (Beef Bourguignonne)

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 907 Calories from Fat 480

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 53 g82.2%

Saturated Fat 13.4 g67.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 181.7 mg60.6%

Sodium 739.3 mg30.8%

Total Carbohydrates 23 g7.5%

Dietary Fiber 3.3 g13.1%

Sugars 4.3 g

Protein 65 g130.1%

Vitamin A 9.8% Vitamin C 35.8%

Calcium 8.2% Iron 25%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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