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Beef and Chestnut Stew

Beef and Chestnut Stew

The weather dictates our menus. Living in Montreal, we can only survive the winter with lots of soups, stews and slow cooked meals on the stove or in the oven while over the hot and terribly humid days of summer require lots of salad and refreshing dairy or fruit based cool desserts.

Spring and fall can be tricky though, just last week, the temperatures started rising and I started making my classic spring dishes and a few short days later, it felt like winter was right back. Cold, windy, dark and rainy days are perfect for a hearty stew. I was planning on making a simple meat stew but then the roasted, peeled and packaged chestnuts sitting in the pantry caught my attention. Chestnuts are one of my favorite ingredients both for sweet and savoury dishes and not having to wash, cut, roast and peel them makes weeknight dinner preparation a lot easier.

  • 1 ½ lbs. steaks cut into cubes or stewing beef
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 28 oz. canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ½ cups pearl onions, peeled (I used frozen)
  • 2 cups roasted, peeled chestnuts
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large pot, brown the meat on all sides, transfer to a plate, add the onion to the pot and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, add the bell pepper and continue cooking for another 5 minutes, return the meat to the pot, add the tomatoes and bay leaf, season with salt and pepper, simmer over medium low heat until the meat is tender, add the pearl onions and chestnuts, continue cooking for another 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and serve piping hot with crusty sourdough bread and a salad.

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10 comments to Beef and Chestnut Stew

  • Sabah sabah iştahımı kabarttın Megi. Harika gözüküyor:))
    Çok hafif ve lezzetli bir yemek olmuş, ellerine sağlık.

  • Talip

    Çok lezzetli duruyor. Yemek isterdim :)

  • Greek Girl from Queens

    This sounds like the perfect way to warm up a very cold afternoon and evening, as it has been here for the past couple of days and nights (especially nights). Although chestnuts are hard to find here, I’ll definitely be on the lookout for them after reading this excellent recipe and imagining how hearty and warming, satisfying and comforting this stew would taste. Thanks for sharing yet another great recipe, Megi.

  • Chestnuts are something I’ve never worked with. You’ve inspired me to find some and give them a try in a savory dish!

  • I love chestnuts and incorporating them into dishes. Pairing with beef tho I have not done before. It sounds really good and I know I have some in my pantry! I will have to hold off till the cooler months as living in Florida it is already hot!!

  • Oh, Megi…you come up with so many unique and interesting dishes. You simply amaze me! The stew looks so delicious.

  • Megi, this spring was like that too, with extreme temperatures at 80 in the middle of the week, and cold 40′s in the weekend :) But a good hearty meal is perfect for almos any weather. I love chestnuts, but I never cooked with it. Your stew looks yummy, for sure I’ll look for some packed chestnuts in the store :) Have a nice weekend!

  • That photo is awesome! I had roasted chestnuts when I was in England and they were so delicious. You brought back a fond memory for me.

    I have never seen roasted, peeled chestnuts here. I wonder if they are a seasonal item?

    We too have had cooler weather and more rain this week. I ended up making winter type food yet again!

    I am so looking forward to summer salads and simple meals cooked on the grill.

  • jay

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  • Megi, this dish is so intriguing to me. My exposure to chestnuts is seeing vendors roasting them on the streets of Rome around Christmas-time. They have a distinct scent and are wonderful to warm your hands with! It amazes me that you would have them in your pantry. I will definitely consider making this as it looks so comforting. Enjoy your day!

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