BEEF STEW SLOW COOKED WITH SEASONAL PERSIMMON AND WHISKEY
This recipe is absolutely delicious. My whole family absolutely adored it and it is a great way to utilize those wonderful seasonal persimmons. When ripe, persimmon are honestly one of the most lovely fruits. I really believe there is a reason why they were always present in stories of the great Greek gods and goddesses! They are so sweet when ripe and packed with powerful nutrition as they are packed with Vitamin C, boost immunity, aid in digestion, powerful enzymes and much more! I absolutely love them slow cooked in stews like this because they give this fantastic dimension, subtle sweetness and robust flavor. (just make sure to remove the skins and that the persimmon are very ripe). We served ours over garlic mashed potatoes which if you haven’t already grab my chef tip on my instagram account, you should! It will take your mashed potatoes to a whole other level. This can also be served on it’s own to keep it paleo/grain free or another favorite of ours is over buttered noodles. Anyway you serve it, this recipe is a definite keeper any night of the week but would be really perfect on a Sunday or as an alternative over the holidays to all that turkey!
I hope the most important piece is that everyone tries to find a moment to slow down, gather and connect. I think this time of year especially for those living in colder temperatures can be so comforting. I really believe the seasons guide us and as winter approaches it can be a beautiful time of reflection. I know I personally like to review my year as the new year approaches and think about what I’ve learned, what I’m ready to let go of and what I’m ready to bring more of into my life. Food can be a part of helping us to nourish this slow down as well. Meals like this slow us down and force us to pause from our busy lives. Plus, your house will smell absolutely divine too so there is that!
Oven safe pot with a lid or cast iron pot with lid
1 grass fed beef chuck roast
1 clove of fresh garlic peeled and sliced in half
1 tbs sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 large shallot peeled and minced
2 celery stalks ends removed washed and chopped
2 additional cloves garlic peeled and minced
2 tbs fresh parsley washed and minced
4 carrots washed peeled and minced
1 celeriac root peeled and chopped (optional)
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
Pinch of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 very ripe persimmons core and skin removed, then sliced (the fruit should be almost gooey and incredibly mushy to the touch)
1/2 cup whiskey (alcohol will cook off so do not worry about serving this to kiddos)
1 cup low sodium chicken stock store bought or homemade
Preheat oven to 400. Take your beef roast and rub with sea salt and black pepper on all sides, then rub with fresh garlic all over. This will tenderize the meat. Set the roast aside briefly. Take an oven safe pot with a lid and add olive oil then place your stove top to medium/high heat. Once hot, add beef roast and sear the meat 5 minutes on each side till the outside begins to brown continuing to rotate the roast till all the sides are seared nicely and brown. Then remove from pan and set aside briefly once again. Add shallots, celery, garlic, parsley, carrots, celeriac root, fresh thyme, rosemary, sea salt and black pepper. Sauté for 8-10 minutes till the vegetables become tender. Now add ripe persimmons and whiskey and reduce heat to low, then add your beef roast back to the pot and simmer for 2-3 minutes then add chicken stock. Simmer another 5 minutes then place the lid on your oven safe pot. Now place the roast (making sure the lid is on) into your oven at 400 degrees and set your timer for 15 minutes. Then reduce the oven to 275 and continue to cook the roast for another 2.5 hours continuing to leave the lid on. Once done, remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice the beef roast then serve immediately with the cooked veggies and gravy that the beef roast cooked in. As discussed above, this is delicious over garlic mashed potatoes, buttered noodles or on it’s own. Enjoy!
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