Beef Stew With Cranberries

Contributed By: Janis Limon


2 tb Safflower oil
2 tb Unsalted butter
2 lb Stewing beef, Lamb or pork cut into 1 inch cubes
3/4 ts Salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 lg Garlic cloves -- peeled
2 md Onions -- peeled
3/4 c Dry red wine
3/4 c Beef stock or beef broth
2 tb Red wine vinegar
1 tb Tomato paste
1 1/2 c Fresh cranberries
1/3 c Light brown sugar, packed
2 tb Flour


HEAT 1 TABLESPOON each of oil and butter in 6-quart pot. When oil is hot, add half the beef and brown it well on all sides; remove and reserve. Heat remaining oil and butter and brown remaining meat. Remove pot from heat, remove meat and discard fat. Return meat to pot and toss with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and freshly ground pepper. Metal blade: Turn on machine, drop garlic through feed tube and process until minced; add to pot. Medium shredding disk: Use firm pressure to shred onions. Use slotted spoon to lift onions from their juice and add to pot. Discard juice. Add wine, stock or broth, vinegar, tomato paste and remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt to pot and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer, cover and cook until meat is tender about 2 hours. Metal blade: Pulse to chop cranberries coarsely with brown sugar and flour. Add cranberries to pot, stir well and cook for 10 minutes longer. Can be served immediately, but best if made up to 4 days in advance, refrigerated and gently reheated. Adjust seasoning. Can also be frozen up to 3 months.
Serving Size 6

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