Sweet potato beef stew
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 pounds top sirloin steak, diced
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 medium sweet onion, diced
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
- 2 celery ribs, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 large sweet potato (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut in 1/2-inch chunks
- 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, quartered
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 cup dry red wine
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 4cups beef stock
- Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Season steak with salt and pepper, to taste. Add to the stockpot and cook, stirring occasionally, until evenly browned, about 6-8 minutes; set aside.
- Add onion, carrot and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
Whisk in flour and tomato paste until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
- Stir in wine, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the stockpot.
- Stir in beef stock, thyme, bay leaves and steak. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until beef is very tender, about 30 minutes.
- Stir in sweet potatoes; simmer until potatoes are just tender and stew has thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove and discard thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Stir in parsley; season with salt and pepper, to taste.*
- Serve immediately.
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