Beef Stew with Red Wine & Carrots (daube de Boeuf Aux Carottes)

 

Very simply, a daube (pronounced dohb) is a red-wine-based beef or lamb stew. This type of dish has countless flavor permutations, of course, but the most famous (and my favorite) is the Provençal daube, seasoned with local herbs and a bit of orange zest. The orange was originally the bitter Seville orange, but you can make a fine daube with a few strips of navel orange (add a strip of lemon, too, if you want to sharpen the flavor). I also like to add some sort of vegetable garnish to sweeten and brighten the stew. Here I’ve used carrots cut into hefty chunks so they hold their shape during the long cooking, but you could also use a combination of parsnips, baby onions, and celeriac.

What you will need

1 3-lb. boneless beef chuck roast

2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

2 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

8 oz. shallots (8 to 10 medium), thinly sliced (about 2 cups)

2 Tbs. brandy, such as Cognac

2 Tbs. tomato paste

2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped (2 to 3 tsp.)

2 tsp. herbes de Provence

2 cups hearty red wine, such as Côtes de Provence or Côtes du Rhône

1 14.5-oz. can whole, peeled tomatoes

4 strips orange zest (2-1/2 inches long, removed with a vegetable peeler)

1 lb. slender carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4- to 1-inch chunks (about 2 cups)

1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

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