Provençal Beef Stew

PREP TIME 30 mins
  • POSTED Dec 28th, 2021
  • BY Chef Carrie Walters


  • 3 lbs boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp DLM Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp brandy, such as Cognac
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp DLM Herbes de Provence
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 (14.5-oz) can whole, peeled tomatoes, squished
  • 4 strips orange zest
  • 1 lb slender carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4- to 1-inch chunks (about 2 cups)
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Heat to 325ºF.
Season beef cubes generously with the salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven, heat oil and bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally, just until bacon is browned but not crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove bacon and set aside. In same pan, brown beef in a single layer and cook until golden brown on all sides. Remove from pan and set aside. Repeat until all beef is browned.
Pour off all but about 1 tablespoon fat. Add shallots and season to taste with salt and pepper. Let shallots cook briefly for a minute or two until just soft. Add brandy and let it reduce. Add tomato paste, garlic, and herbes de Provence, stirring to incorporate, and sauté for one minute.
Add wine, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon and bring to a boil. Add in tomatoes and their liquid, the orange zest, the beef (along with accumulated juices), and bacon to the pot.
Finally, add carrots and bring to a simmer. Cover and slide into the oven.
Cook the stew, stirring every 45 minutes, until the meat is fork-tender, 2 to 3 hours.
Before serving, skim off any surface fat (if there is any), season to taste with salt and pepper, and stir in the parsley.


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Jan 20th

Made this in honor of Julia Child. She would approve the results. Bon appetit.

- Karen

Feb 5th

One of the best stews I've ever made. Delicious!

- Susan

Dorothy Lane Market says:

Thank you so much for letting us know! It is such a great stew on these wintry days. 

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