Chef Leah’s Beef Stew

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Here is a tasty recipe from Chef Leah Cohen (@chefleahcohen) – Executive Chef and Owner of Pig & Khao in Manhattan's Lower East Side; alum of Bravo TV's "Top Chef"; graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.  

INGREDIENTS

2.5 Pounds  beef chuck, boneless, cut into two inch cubes
2 Tablespoons  salt, such as SALT FOR LIFE® 75
3 Tablespoons  olive oil
1  large carrot, peeled and cut into one fourth inch pieces
2  pieces of celery, cut into one fourth inch pieces
1  large Spanish onion, cut into one fourth inch pieces
8  garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
3 Tablespoons  tomato paste
2 Cups  dry red wine
4 Cups  beef broth
1  bay leaf
1  rosemary sprig
2  thyme sprigs
Black pepper, to taste

YIELDS: 6-8 servings

DIRECTIONS

1. Season the beef with 2 tablespoons of SALT FOR LIFE® 75. 

2. Heat oil in a large pot over a medium high heat. Sear the meat until nicely browned on all sides. This should take approximately 5-8 minutes and then remove meat.

3. Add all the vegetables and cook until nicely browned. Add the tomato paste and cook for another 3-4 mins.

4. Deglaze with the red wine reduce by two thirds.  

5. Add the beef broth, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper. Be sure to scrape off any bits that might have stuck to the bottom of the pan.

6. Add the beef back to the pan, along with any juices; season with SALT FOR LIFE® 75.

7. Cover the pan and place in the oven for 2 hours until the meat is nice and tender.

8. Once the meat is cooked, remove the meat from the liquid and strain. Let the liquid cool down a little (30 minutes) and then return the meat to the liquid and chill. 

The flavor will improve if made at least one day ahead. At this point, you can chill the meat for up to 5 days.

Beef Stew Garnishes:  1 bunch kale, cleaned/stems removed and leaves cut intone fourth inch pieces; 1 pound fingerling potatoes, cooked until tender in boiling water seasoned with SALT FOR LIFE® 75; ¼ cup flat leaf parsley leaves roughly chopped; Lemon slices