I experimented with the ingredients that I had in an attempt to make a stew that resembled the lamb and plum stew from 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins. The stew in the book used lamb, but I opted to use beef since it's easier to find. It's rich, warms your belly, and super easy to make if you've got time to let it simmer. I like to serve it with a loaf of French bread, but goes well with mashed potatoes as well.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and garlic in the melted butter until lightly brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Cook bacon in the onion mixture until browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

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  • Heat wine in a separate pot over medium heat until simmering. Add dried plums to wine and cook for about 10 minutes. Add mushrooms, cover pot, and reduce heat to low.

  • Cook and stir tomatoes and beef into bacon mixture until beef is browned, about 20 minutes. Transfer bacon and beef mixture to the wine mixture. Add mustard powder, sage, cloves, salt, and pepper. Cook stew over medium heat for 2 1/2 hours.

Cook's Note:

You can also use a slow cooker for this recipe. Start by simmering the wine and plums in the slow cooker. Add the rest of the ingredients after they have cooked, and simmer stew for about 2 hours on High.

Nutrition Facts

268 calories; protein 13.1g 26% DV; carbohydrates 15.7g 5% DV; fat 13.7g 21% DV; cholesterol 44.2mg 15% DV; sodium 185.1mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2012
The odds are ever in your favor that you're going to LOVE this full-flavored absolutely delicious stew. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/13/2012
This stew was OK. I wanted to try something different and it is that. I added carrots and parsnips as well because I had them on hand. Since the wine is really the only liquid I found it too fruity. My husband (think lumber jack farmer) wasn't really sold on it either. It wasn't "beefy" enough for him. Glad to give it a try though! I just probably won't make it again. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 4
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  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2012
The odds are ever in your favor that you're going to LOVE this full-flavored absolutely delicious stew. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2012
Liked it! The meat was super-tender and loved the heartiness of the mushrooms and tomatoes. Now to take care of that extra wine!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2012
This is very tasty. I didn't make the recipe but sampled someone else's preparation of it. The cloves are the dominant spice so if you don't like them you'll want to scale down the amount. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/13/2012
This stew was OK. I wanted to try something different and it is that. I added carrots and parsnips as well because I had them on hand. Since the wine is really the only liquid I found it too fruity. My husband (think lumber jack farmer) wasn't really sold on it either. It wasn't "beefy" enough for him. Glad to give it a try though! I just probably won't make it again. Read More
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