Simple Braised Beef
Braised beef is a popular main dish for Christmas as well as New Year’s eve. But, of course, you have to make sure that the meat itself is tender and flavorful. It’s a comfort food, really – something that you can make even on a regular day. Plus, it requires minimum effort. With braised beef, you can add vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and celery.
So how do you make delicious braised beef? Well, braising itself is the secret to this dish. Through this method, the beef is simmered with enough liquid for a long time, making the meat tender. This also allows the beef to release its maximum flavor, which is exactly what you need to enjoy your dinner meal.
For those of you out there who are just starting to learn how to cook, this Simple Braised Beef recipe is certainly a good start. I’m sure you can pull it together without any hassle at all. You simply have to make sure that you have all the ingredients. Plus, you need to have patience because making braised beef requires extra time.
This braised beef recipe would give you tender and flavorful meat that you can serve during Christmas or New Year’s eve. With its juiciness and good flavor, you would want to make it every single day!
2 pounds beef brisket or chuck (cubed)
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 stalk celery (chopped)
1 medium Spanish onion (diced)
1 medium carrot (peeled and chopped)
1 cup red wine
3 cups beef stock
1/2 teaspoon thyme (dried)
salt and ground pepper, to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a cooking pot.
- Add onion and saute until soft.
- Add the dried thyme and beef. Cook for about 5 minutes.
- Pour in red wine and bring to a boil.
- Add the beef stock and simmer until the meat gets tender enough.
- Add the carrots and celery and cook until the vegetables are soft.
- You can utilize a Crockpot and slow cook for about 4 to 5 hours.
- You can also cook on low heat using a stovetop or burner. This would take about 2 1/2 hours.
Like what we have said, it takes a while to tenderize the meat, so be sure to always check that there is enough water in the pot. You can add some more as needed. If you are in a hurry, on the other hand, you are free to use a pressure cooker. But if you have the luxury of time, I would suggest cooking this simple braised beef recipe the traditional way – using a burner or stovetop.
Another good thing about this dish is it is versatile. You can skip the vegetables if you wish to. You can also add more veggies to it if you want. Potatoes would be a good addition.
Aside from beef brisket and chuck, you can also utilize ’round’ (from the rear leg of a cow) or short ribs (from the loin or midrib area).