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Prepared in a slow cooker, this savory stew is ideal for a winter supper by the fireplace. Accompany with a tossed green salad, crusty bread and a full-bodied red wine.


  • lb beef
  • onion, chopped
  • sprigs fresh thyme
  • tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 5/8 cup beef stock
  • 0.88 lb chestnuts, cooked & peeled
  • carrots, sliced
  • 2 1/8 cup red wine
  • to taste seasoned flour


  1. In a large bowl, toss the beef with the flour, salt and pepper to coat evenly.
  2. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm half the olive oil until just smoking. Add half the beef and brown on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a slow cooker. Repeat with the remaining oil and beef. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, potatoes, chestnuts, tomato paste and stock to the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  3. Off the heat, pour the wine into the sauté pan and set over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring with a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits from the pan bottom.
  4. Add the wine to the slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 6 hours according to the manufacturers instructions. Ladle the stew into bowls and serve immediately.