Saturday, January 14, 2012

Beef Stew with Sweet Root Vegetables

Beef Stew with Sweet Root Vegetables recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Tender pieces of beef, simmered in a red wine sauce and then cooked along with a multitude of fresh root vegetables. I had a lot of fun at the Farmer's Market last weekend. I picked up a bunch of beautiful vegetables; multicolored carrots, salad turnips, sweet potatoes and more. This stew was the perfect way to use them and show off the sweet flavors.

The vegetables flavored the stew in an unexpectedly sweet way. If you aren't a big fan of sweet potatoes, simply trade them out for your favorites. I've never tasted a beef stew like this one. If you enjoy sweet potatoes, you will seriously love this stew. There was almost nothing left and even the youngest member of the family had two servings.

Beef Stew with Sweet Root Vegetables
recipe adapted from Delightful Repast 

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 pounds lean beef chuck roast, cut into 1" pieces
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons arrowroot or flour
1 1/2 cups beef broth
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup red wine or water, I used a cabernet
1 cup  water
2 1/2 tablespoons ketchup, (I know this sounds bizarre, but it works here)
3/4 teaspoon marjoram
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1" slices, I used 2 purple and 2 white carrots
3 stalks celery, sliced diagonally into 1" pieces
2 sweet white turnips, peeled and diced into 1" pieces
2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" cubes

In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. You will brown the beef in two batches. Add half of the beef cubes to the hot oil and brown very well in single layer, sprinkling with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce. Transfer the browned beef to a large bowl. Repeat.

Adding another teaspoon of olive oil if needed, sauté the chopped onion until slightly browned and then remove from pot and add to the beef in bowl.

In the same pot, over medium heat, heat butter and whisk in arrowroot, then slowly whisk in broth. Simmer, whisking frequently, until smooth and thickened. Stir in tomato paste. Add the wine, water, ketchup, marjoram, red pepper flakes and 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add browned beef and onions to Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes.

Add carrots and celery. Bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes.

Add potatoes, turnips and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer just until the potatoes and turnips are tender, about 30 minutes. In the last 10 minutes, thicken with a mixture of 1 tablespoon arrowroot and 1/4 cup water; taste and adjust seasoning. Enjoy!
Beef Stew with Sweet Root Vegetables recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen



  1. Yum, I love this. The veggies in the stew usually end up being my favorites - esp. the carrots. So packing a stew full of nice sweet root veggies sounds wonderful.

  2. Oh this looks like it would just hit the spot on a cold day!!

  3. Mary this looks amazing! Beef Stew is one of my favorite meals (especially on cold days!) I'm hungry now!!!

  4. ohhhh stew... nice and warm for winter. With the cold front coming in this weekend this sounds perfect.

  5. Gorgeous photos Mary! I just want to reach right in there and take a spork full! The flavors and colors are so rich.

  6. I have not ever thought about using sweet potatoes in stew but I really like the idea. When I first saw the pictures, I thought, "She's got some HUGE carrots!"

  7. Those oranges of the carrots and sweet potatoes are so intense, they make a beautiful stew. Sometimes sweet potatoes are a little too sweet for me, so I might substitute butternut squash.

  8. OH MY GOD ...un plato hermosos y sabroso me encanta,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  9. I've made so many pots of stew but have never been totaally thrilled with it. Yours sounds so good. Sweet potatoes may be what I was missing! That bowl of stew looks so satisfying. You did good!

  10. I love beef stew, but I have never made it with sweet potatoes before. Sounds amazing.

  11. Beef stew is the ultimate comfort food--and great for the cold weather.

  12. I could eat beef stew every other night through the colder months. Such a comforting meal, only improved by homemade rolls or biscuits. And, Mary, this stew sounds especially delicious! Thank you for posting. :)

  13. This was my first time making stew, and my husband and I LOVE sweet potatoes, so I thought this recipe would be good. IT WAS PERFECT! I didn't have any marjoram or wine, but I followed the recipe for everything else. It was the best stew either of us had ever eaten and tasted very healthy as well. Thank you for this! I'll definitely make it again and again.