I probably don’t have to remind you, but just in case you misplaced your calendar, we’re officially into soup and stew territory—welcome to November, kids! Put on your coziest socks, crank up the heat, and go grab yourself a big bowl of comforting drunken beef stew. My version has an entire bottle of wine in it, because, of course it does. And no, I’m not sorry about it.
But, hey, don’t worry about getting buzzed off this stew. It simmers for two hours, enough time to burn off almost all the alcohol. That being said, it definitely still has the flavor and scent of wine (and trust me, your whole house will smell wine-tastic). I wouldn’t recommend driving afterward simply because something tells me that, “Officer, I swear the wine on my breath was just beef stew!” is not an excuse the fine ladies and gentlemen in blue will accept.
A word about your wine of choice: please, please, please don’t use expensive wine for this. The cheaper, the better. Bottom shelf. Dollar store (do they sell wine?). Clearance wine (that’s a thing!). Two Buck Chuck Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon work beautifully (although, it’s now Three Buck Chuck at my Trader Joe’s). You’ll be cooking this stuff for two hours. All delicacies will be cooked out in that time. Save your good wine for drinking (maybe with a bowl of stew).
I tend to serve this stew with some crusty bread for soaking up all the gravy goodness (this bread is a favorite), but you can also top it with biscuits or dumplings (that’s what my mother-in-law does). If you’re skipping grains, this is really good served over top of mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower. Moral of the story: something carb-tastic really makes this stew 1000% cozier. Enjoy!