This gorgeous casserole with beef and onions is best made the day before. Store the leftovers in the fridge, covered; it also freezes well.

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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat half of the butter and half of the first tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown half of the beef cubes on all sides, and place into a large saucepan. Repeat with the remaining butter, olive oil, and beef. Stir the onions and garlic into the oil remaining in the skillet, and reduce heat to medium; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour in the red wine, and bring to a simmer, then scrape the onions into the saucepan with the beef.

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  • Season the beef with salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and orange zest. Pour in the diced tomatoes and water. Cover, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat; then reduce heat to medium-low, and continue simmering 1 hour.

  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet over medium heat. Stir in the pearl onions, and cook until they are well browned, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes. After the beef has simmered for an hour, add the pearl onions, recover, and continue simmering 20 minutes.

  • Remove the lid, and simmer, uncovered until the stew has reduced and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove the orange zest before serving.

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Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

544.4 calories; 31.7 g protein; 20.6 g carbohydrates; 112.4 mg cholesterol; 714.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2010
Found this recipe while looking for something different to do with beef stew meat. I was attracted to it because of the spices and how different it sounded. I had to modify it somewhat based on what I had on hand. I didnt have an orange so added a tiny bit of lemon zest. The only diced tomatoes I had on hand had green chiles in them so I used it. It actually made it quite nice with just a tiny spicy bite to it. I made this in the crockpot and let it cook all day. I didnt have any boiling onions so used regular yellow onions roughly chopped. I removed some of the liquid after it was cooked and thickened it with flour and added it back in and let it thicken. We ate it over buttered egg noodles and we all loved it. I will be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/23/2016
Was ok not to my liking Read More
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32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2010
Found this recipe while looking for something different to do with beef stew meat. I was attracted to it because of the spices and how different it sounded. I had to modify it somewhat based on what I had on hand. I didnt have an orange so added a tiny bit of lemon zest. The only diced tomatoes I had on hand had green chiles in them so I used it. It actually made it quite nice with just a tiny spicy bite to it. I made this in the crockpot and let it cook all day. I didnt have any boiling onions so used regular yellow onions roughly chopped. I removed some of the liquid after it was cooked and thickened it with flour and added it back in and let it thicken. We ate it over buttered egg noodles and we all loved it. I will be making this again. Read More
(21)
Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2009
I saved this recipe last fall (the ingredients were intriguing) but the numerous cooking steps/timing turned-me-off: So I used a slowcooker. Omitted olive oil butter water chopped onion. I heated all ingredients (used 1.5# stew meat) on stove (to give it a heated head start ) then placed in slowcooker. Wasn't sure if the can of diced tomatoes was supposed to be drained or not so didn't drain and omitted the 1/2 cup of water. I added boiling onions a top of other ingredients an hour into cooking so they wouldn't become mushy. Used pearl onions (as stated in recipe) the second time I made & we liked those better---stronger flavour & sweeter than boiling onions. Cooked on low for 4.5 hours however it may have been ready in 3.5-4 hours: The meat was extremely break-apart tender. At the beginning of cook time the aroma reminded me of pumpkin pie (no it doesn't taste a bit like pie)! This dish is very tasty with a nice mellow combination of spice and orange zest. The sauce is very thin when prepared in a slowcooker but simple to thicken. Served with sticky rice but egg noodles or potatoes (mashed or otherwise) would also be a complimentary starch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2010
Dee-licious! The orange zest really added something so don't leave it out. I had 1/2 lb less beef than needed for the recipe so I used only 1 Tbsp butter and 1/2 lb of pearl onions. Too lazy to peel fresh so I used the frozen pearl onions and still tasted great. I ended up cooking most of this yesterday and refrigerating overnight then cooking the pearl onions tonight and simmering them with the reheated stew. Came out fine. My only suggestion is that though the gravy is wonderful with those spices and the wine etc. there would barely have been enough if I'd used the full 2 lbs of beef so you might like to increase your liquid. Thank you for a tasty recipe. Nice change from my usual beef stews. Served it with broccoli and mashed potatoes but it would be good with noodles or those tiny European dumplings. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2009
Hi my name is Martine and i work at a College in Illinois and we fixed Beef Stifado for approx. 250 students...and they loved it. Today was Brunch day ( most of it is Breakfast items ) and i fixed the beef stifado with noodles on the side they eat it all. I for sure will use this recipe at home. thank you Martine Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2010
very good. I wasn't crazy about it the night I made it (hubby and kids were) but I loved it the second night after it had a chance to mellow in the fridge for awhile. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/07/2012
Wanting to use up a package of stew meat I came across this recipe. I browned the meat on the stovetop but then added all the ingredients to the crock-pot except the pearl onions. I cooked on low for about 6 1/2 hours. With one hour left I add the thawed (frozen) onions. The onions were hot at serving time. I served this over brown rice along with a salad 7Up Biscuits and 'Southern Peach Cobbler' from AR for dessert. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/07/2010
This was good but not our favorite meal. We made it exactly as stated and served it with noodles. It is just a bit sweeter than we like though everyone happily ate it they didn't feel it was worth the work to make it again. However IF we do make it again we are going to try adding potato and carrot which my family feels will better compliment the sweetness than the noodles. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2010
YUM! This is soooooo good. My husband didn't like it but he has boring tastebuds. If you like alot of flavour this is the answer! I served it over rice with a side dish of steamed asparagus grape tomatos and fresh paramsan cheese. The recipe is on this site somewhere. Drink the leftover wine with your meal - Recommend Fat Red!:O) hic Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2010
Great recipe! I didn't have pearl onions so I used what I had red onion. I browned the beef cooked the onions and put everything into my crock pot and let it cook on low all day. Served over rice awesome. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/23/2016
Was ok not to my liking Read More
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