Braised Beef and Balsamic Stew with Polenta

Braised Beef and Balsamic Stew with Polenta


  • Balsamic Pot Roast over Polenta
  • Serve with polenta, mashed potatoes or add diced new potatoes an hour into cooking the beef.
  • Serves 4 - 6
  • 3 pounds beef chuck roast, boneless
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 7 carrots, peeled – 1 carrot chopped, 6 cut lengthwise and cut in half
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, taken off stems, chopped
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, taken off stems or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • minced parsley for garnish - optional


In a Dutch oven, add olive over medium high head. Sprinkle salt and pepper over beef and brown on all sides and remove to plate.

Preheat oven to 325.

Add onion and sprinkle with salt and pepper and lightly brown, about 6-8 minutes. Add 1 chopped carrot and celery and cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add tomato paste and cook 1 minute. Add red wine, balsamic vinegar, beef broth, rosemary and thyme and bring to a boil and loosen any bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the beef and any reserved juices. Cover the Dutch oven and place in oven for 1 ½ hours. Remove from oven and turn beef over. Add the carrots (and potatoes if you are serving them), place lid back on and place in oven for 45 minutes.

Remove beef to a carving platter.

In a small bowl, add cornstarch and 3 tablespoons water and mix well. Add slurry to Dutch oven and stir to combine. Add more cornstarch slurry or water for the desired thickness of sauce.

Slice beef and place over polenta. Add some carrots to plate and drape sauce over the beef and garnish with parsley. Serve.


2 cups water or chicken broth

1 cup milk or water

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup polenta or corn meal

¼ cup finely grated Parmesan

In a medium saucepan, bring water, milk and salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the polenta and whisk well and turn heat to medium and continue to stir until the polenta is thick, 5 to 8 minutes. Add Parmesan cheese and mix well. Taste for seasoning and serve.


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