This recipe is an unusual yet yummy blend of ingredients. Beef and lentils are accented with spiced turnip, raisins and figs. It is a hearty yet easy one-pot meal.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 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-high heat. Season the beef with salt and pepper, then cook in the pot until browned on the outside. Pour in the chicken broth, and simmer over medium heat for about 45 minutes, until the beef is tender. Remove the beef from the liquid, and set aside.

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  • Pour the beef broth into the pot, and add the lentils. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.

  • Season the turnips with cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and basil, and add them to the pot. Return the beef to the pot, and stir in the raisins and figs. Simmer for 10 minutes to blend the flavors before serving.

Nutrition Facts

485 calories; protein 27.2g 55% DV; carbohydrates 57.2g 18% DV; fat 17.7g 27% DV; cholesterol 62.2mg 21% DV; sodium 902.6mg 36% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2006
I loved this but my husband did not so I will make this for me on the nights he can not be home. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/27/2006
A little on the sweet side. I would reduce the amount of raisins and also chop the figs into very small pieces. For some reason my meat turned out a bit too chewy even though I followed the directions to a T. Perhaps next time I would shorten the browning time in the pan. That being said it's an interesting twist on stew and has lots of great flavor. Read More
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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
12/27/2006
A little on the sweet side. I would reduce the amount of raisins and also chop the figs into very small pieces. For some reason my meat turned out a bit too chewy even though I followed the directions to a T. Perhaps next time I would shorten the browning time in the pan. That being said it's an interesting twist on stew and has lots of great flavor. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2006
I loved this but my husband did not so I will make this for me on the nights he can not be home. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2008
I loved the flavors but I don't have nutmeg so I changed nutmeg to fenugreek and it was delicious! I also used radish instead of turnip. What a wonderful smell! Mmmm. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2004
This is excellent - sweet and unique my boyfriend couldn't get enough. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2007
A fantastic combination of flavors. Great for those cooler fall nights when stews keep you warm from the inside. This one quickly became a favoritte in our family. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/22/2009
Flavor is a 5 but dish in not too colorful. I will make it again! I substituted potato and onion for turnip (no turnips at the local farmstand) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2009
Very good! I took other member's advise and cut the figs really small. I am a true believer of flavor so I tripled the spices plus I added another 1/4 cup of turnip (3/4 cup). It was a really big hit! I cook for my boyfriend and our employee for LUNCH everybody LOVED it. I also changed things around for the crockpot. I cooked the beef in the chicken stock (plus about 3/4 cup) in the crockpot overnight on the "warm" setting. Once I arrived at work (7:30am) I added the turnips and lentils and placed the cooker on low. About an hour before serving I added the raisins and figs. Everyone loved it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2011
Yummy! I didn't have several of the ingredients so had to substitute (sweet potato for turnip assorted dried fruit for figs) but it was still a great recipe for using beef stew meat and lentils. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/15/2013
Can't put into words how my whole family reacted to this recipe other then no one liked it and it was a not pleasant. I'm sorry won't be making this again. Read More