Dish of the week…

Beef & Quince Stew

“There are wonderful caramelized quince and onion flavors among all the spices in this interesting stew. ”


SERVES 6

COOKS IN: 2H 35M
DIFFICULTY: NOT TOO TRICKY

Ingredients

  • 10 small red onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 quinces
  • 1 lemon
  • olive oil
  • 2 kg quality beef chuck or rump, cut into 8cm pieces (ask your butcher to do this)
  • 18 ripe cherry tomatoes, on the vine or 2 x 400g tins of cherry tomatoes
  • 250 ml tomato passata
  • 1 tablespoon tomato purée
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2-3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon allspice berries
  • 1 large wineglass of dry red wine

Method

  1. Peel and halve the onions, then peel and slice the garlic. Peel, core and slice the quinces, putting them in a bowl of cold water with a good squeeze of lemon juice.
  2. Heat 4 tablespoons of oil over a medium heat in a large saucepan and sauté the onion and garlic for 5 to 7 minutes, or until softened.
  3. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside, then add the quince and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes, or until softened.
  4. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside, then add the beef and sauté for 8 to 10 minutes, or until browned on all sides.
  5. Return the onion and garlic to the pan (reserving the quince for later), then add the tomatoes, passata, purée, cinnamon, bay leaves, allspice, wine and enough water to just cover the stew.
  6. Season and stir well, bring to the boil then simmer for 1 hour.
  7. Add the quince and stir carefully, then cook for a further 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened. Serve with rice or pasta.
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