Slow-Cooked Beef Stew With Prunes and Apples

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This is the queen of Dalmatian dishes
Slow-Cooked Beef Stew With Prunes and Apples
Chris Middleton and Ino Kuvačić

This is the queen of Dalmatian dishes. It takes a long time to prepare — at least one day marinating in good red wine or prošek (Dalmatian fortified wine) and vegetables, and a good 3–4 hours’ braising the next day. It’s often served with potato dumplings or handmade pasta. In Dalmatia, pašticada is usually cooked for big celebrations. It’s an essential dish for weddings, christenings, or other equally important days. In Dalmatia you are considered a great cook if you can make this dish, and my grandmother Tomica was a pašticada expert. Don’t be frightened by this, though — it’s not that hard; it just takes a little time. But don’t forget the most important ingredient: love. — Ino Kuvačić, author of Dalmatia

10
Servings
704
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 5 1/2 Pounds beef cheeks
  • 4 Cups red wine
  • 1 3/4 fluid ounces red wine vinegar
  • 2 onions, sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 2 carrots, sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 3 cloves
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 7 fluid ounces extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 1/2 Ounces prosciutto, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 15 Ounces tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 12 Cups beef stock
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
  • 7 Ounces tinned pitted prunes, cut into 3/4- to 1 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 Teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Teaspoon prune jam
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Marinate the beef overnight in the red wine, vinegar, onion, carrot, celery, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves.

The next day, take the beef out of the marinade, separating the vegetables and reserving the liquid.

Seal the cheeks in a frying pan in the olive oil over high heat for 2–3 minutes.

Remove the beef from the pan and deglaze the pan with the liquid from the marinade.

In a saucepan over high heat, sauté the chopped prosciutto and, when crispy, the chopped garlic.

Add all the marinated vegetables and spices and sauté for 20–25 minutes.

When the vegetables are cooked, add the tomato and sauté for a further 5 minutes.

Add the sealed beef cheeks, the liquid you used to deglaze the pan and the beef stock.

Braise for 1 1/2 hours.

Add the peeled apples and pitted prunes and cook for a further hour or until the cheeks are cooked — you should be able to push your finger through the cheek but it should still have some resistance.

When the beef cheeks are cooked, remove the beef, cinnamon stick and bay leaves from the braising liquid and set aside.

Skim the scum from the top of the liquid, then blend it with a hand-held blender until smooth.

Adjust the flavour by adding the mustard and prune jam — the flavor should be sweet and sour.

Divide the beef cheeks among serving plates and pour the sauce over to serve.

Recipe excerpted with permission from Dalmatia by Ino Kuvačić (Hardie Grant Books, May 2017)

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
33g
51%
Sugar
16g
N/A
Saturated Fat
8g
38%
Cholesterol
174mg
58%
Protein
64g
100%
Carbs
31g
10%
Vitamin A
136µg
15%
Vitamin B12
5µg
77%
Vitamin B6
2mg
97%
Vitamin C
11mg
18%
Vitamin D
0.3µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
4mg
18%
Vitamin K
40µg
49%
Calcium
105mg
10%
Fiber
4g
18%
Folate (food)
33µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
33µg
8%
Iron
7mg
40%
Magnesium
114mg
28%
Monounsaturated
21g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
20mg
99%
Phosphorus
736mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
1981mg
57%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.8mg
46.8%
Sodium
1803mg
75%
Sugars, added
0.3g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.4mg
26.7%
Trans
0.5g
N/A
Zinc
14mg
94%

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