SPICY BEEF RAGOUT WITH THYME AND ROSEMARY I LOVE entertaining! I love bringing different groups of people together. I love feeding a whole big bunch of people and making them happy. This amazing Spicy Beef Ragout is the perfect dish to warm the soul. Hearty and so very good, make it now. You will be delighted. I bought nearly 3.4 pounds of meat and trimmed most of the fat, to end up with at least 3 pounds. This makes for a really healthy dish as even after refrigeration, there was no fat to skim off. The thyme especially brings some deep flavors out. Fun fact about thyme, apparently it was used as a sleep aid in the Middle Ages! I know my guests had great dreams after they ate this meal so maybe it is true 😉 I made this on a Sunday to serve on Thursday. Letting it sit in the fridge to “mature” is the very best thing to do. Plus it makes for an easy dinner the night you are serving it! SPICY BEEF RAGOUT – serves 6 – 8 13 plum tomatoes, quartered lengthwise 3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling on noodles Salt Fresh ground black pepper 7 sprigs fresh thyme 3 lbs. trimmed beef chuck cut in 2” chunks ½ of a large fennel bulb, chopped 1 cup finely chopped leeks (white and light green parts only) 2 shallots, finely chopped 8 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbs. flour 15 large Sicilian green olives, pitted and chopped 3/4 tsp. crushed red chile flakes 2 cups robust red wine ½ cup beef stock 3 branches fresh rosemary, each about 7” long 2 small fresh bay leaves 1 lb. egg noodles Chopped Italian parsley for garnish Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Pile tomatoes on top, add 1 tablespoon of the oil, season with salt and pepper and toss. Add leaves from 4 branches of the thyme, toss again, then spread the tomatoes in a single layer on the foil-lined baking sheet, skin side down. Set aside. Heat remaining oil in an ovenproof casserole on medium high. Dry meat, season with salt and pepper and sear in several batches to avoid crowding until lightly browned on all sides. Remove to a bowl. Lower heat to medium low. Heat oven to 300 degrees. Add fennel, leeks, shallot and garlic to casserole, stir, season with salt and pepper and cook until lightly browned. Stir in the flour, cook for a moment or two, than add olives, chile flakes and wine. Stir, scraping pan, and bring to a simmer. Add stock. Return meat and its juices to the casserole. Stir in the branches of rosemary, bay leaves and remaining thyme, making sure they are immersed into the meat and liquid. Cover and place in the oven. Place the pan of tomatoes in the oven. Cook both for 2 hours. Remove the pans from the oven. Check seasoning of meat. Cool and then refrigerate for 1 – 5 days. Remove from refrigerator for one hour before putting in the oven. Reheat, covered, in a 250 – 300 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour. Boil 1 lb. of egg noodles in salted water. (I cooked them 3 minutes less than the package directions stated.) Drain and spread out on a large platter. Drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil. Transfer meat and sauce atop the noodles. Warm the tomatoes in the microwave for a minute or two, arrange tomatoes on top and sprinkle on chopped parsley. Serve with LOVE and enjoy thoroughly!!! And for more recipes like this, visit my blog LOVE – the secret ingredient. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.