I first made this for my Dad to satisfy his Irish hunger pangs at Christmas. I always used leftovers from the big Christmas dinner and made it for his birthday on Boxing Day. It was always a big hit, and secretly, I liked it better the next day anyway; the meat had time to marinate in the wine! For those on Dad’s Diet, it’s a great way to have a hearty beef dinner without overdoing the calories. This recipe serves four and you get 1/4 of it, so dig in!
1 lb steak or beef (if you are buying specifically for this dish and not using leftovers, you don’t need prime rib; flank steak works well since it’s well marinated)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbs vegetable oil
1 medium onion, sliced
8 oz beef broth
1/3 cup dry red wine
1/2 tsp salt and pepper
1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 tsp dried tarragon
6 medium mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 medium carrots (cut into 1/2″ pieces)
FOR THE PUDDING:
2 large eggs
1 tsp 1% milk
1 tsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp hard butter
- Toss beef cubes with the flour in a plastic bag. Brown the beef cubes on a lightly sprayed baking sheet in a 425F oven for about 10 minutes, stirring once.
- Heat the oil in a dutch oven. Add the onion and saute until soft. Stir in the mushrooms and saute for 3 -4 minutes.
- Add the broth, wine, salt, pepper, rosemary, tarragon, tomato paste, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well. Add the beef. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
- Add the carrot and cook for 1 hour or until the beef is tender. (if you’re using leftovers, cut out about 15 minutes)
- Beat the eggs in a medium bowl until frothy. Stir in the milk. Blend well. Combine the flour and salt in a small bowl. Beat into the milk mixture until smooth. Place the butter in an ungreased 2-quart casserole dish. Heat in a 400F oven for 3 minutes or until melted.
- Remove the dish from the oven and immediately pour the batter in. Using a slotted spoon, carefully place the stew in the center of the batter to within 1″ of the edge, reserving the gravy. Return the dish to the oven and bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
- Reheat the gravy and slowly pour over the hot stew. Serve immediately
This and other recipes are suggested for men following the Dad’s Diet strategy (copyright 2021). They are also served at the Artichoke Hart restaurant (New York Fried, copyright 2016) and sometimes served by 5-star chef London Cartwright (Menu of Passion, copyright 2017).