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Beef Stew (Ensopadinho de Carne)

Beef Stew (Ensopadinho de Carne)

Ensopadinho de Carne is a classic go-to hearty meal in Brazil that can incorporate a wide range of ingredients. In this easy recipe, Brazil meets America with the addition of some sweet carrots, creamy potatoes and a touch of rosemary and thyme to the tender chunks of beef.


Ingredients
1
tablespoon
vegetable oil
1
pound
cubed beef stew meat
1
onion, finely chopped
6
ounces
tomato paste
2 1/4
cups
beef stock
3
potatoes, peeled and diced
2
carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
1
sprig
fresh rosemary
1
teaspoon
dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
1
bay leaf
1/4
teaspoon
cayenne pepper
*
kosher salt
Directions
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the beef cubes and cook, turning, until completely browned, about 10 minutes.
Remove the meat from the pot and pour off any excess oil.
Add the onion and tomato paste to the pot. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is tender, 5 minutes. Return the meat to the pot along with the broth, mixing them with the onion and tomato paste.
Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Let the mixture cook slowly for 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the meat is tender.
Uncover and stir in the potatoes, carrots, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf and cayenne pepper. Recover, and simmer for another 45 minutes. Add a little water, as needed, if the stew seems too thick.
Remove the bay leaf and sprig of rosemary. Taste and season with salt, as needed.

The base number of servings for this recipe is 6
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