November 27, 2020

Balsamic Braised Beef with Pears

Prep Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 40 mins
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Balsamic Braised Beef with Pears a delicious winter recipe featuring Aspen Ridge Beef! This recipe is super tender and bursting with flavor. Check out the recipe below to recreate this dish!

Do you love braised beef? Try this Creamy Dijon Braised Beef! It's SO good!

balsamic braised beef with pears

Balsamic Braised Beef with Pears is the recipe that you NEED this winter. Balsamic vinegar, fresh herbs, onions, and a beautifully cut chuck roast from Aspen Ridge Natural Angus Beef all make this recipe beyond delicious. This recipe is like getting a warm hug. It's warm and cozy and pairs perfectly with rice or potatoes. Not to mention, the pears really kick the flavor up a notch. There's something about the combination of beef and pears that makes this dish unforgettable. The beef is tender and juicy and the pears are soft and slightly sweet. I cannot say enough about how delicious this recipe is, you simply HAVE to try it!

balsamic braised beef with pears

I recognize that my recipes appeal to those with an adventurous palate. You may think "Hmm beef and pears? What" - I'm here to tell you that it's amazing. The pears are poached in the gravy from the beef during the braising process. So, when you bite into the pears, they're already infused with tons of flavor from the fresh herbs and gravy whilst maintaining a hint of sweetness. It's truly a flavor bomb. A happy dance for your taste buds if you will.

BALSAMIC BRAISED BEEF WITH PEARS

In addition to being beyond delicious, this recipe is PERFECT for the holidays. It takes about 4 hours to make, but is pretty easy to do so. The beauty of this recipe is that you can prepare it ahead of your holiday party because it re-heats very well. There are also two ways that you can prepare the meat to make this recipe fairly seamless. You can choose to begin the night before by dry brining the beef. What does that mean? Simply add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to the beef and add it to the refrigerator overnight on a baking sheet with a cooling rack. This method yields the best results. It allows the seasonings to penetrate the beef and keeps the beef tender. If you don't have time to do this, you can simply marinate the beef for 60 minutes prior to cooking and go from there.

balsamic braised beef with pears

Let's talk about Aspen Ridge Natural Angus Beef! Aspen Ridge Natural Angus Beef is certified humane and has no antibiotics or added hormones and is a USDA certified beef company. All of the beef is sourced locally in the USA by family owned farms and ranches too! In addition, all of the cuts that they sell are hand trimmed. Now that's a brand that I can get behind. I purchased 3 chuck roasts and they were all beautifully trimmed, had lovely marbling, and the taste was unparalleled. You can now purchase the beef at Weis Markets! Find a store near you to try it for yourself! CLICK HERE for more information on where to purchase Aspen Ridge Natural Angus Beef!

balsamic braised beef with pears

let's cook!

As mentioned previously, dry brining your beef yields the best results. It keeps the beef tender and is the best way to marinate prior to cooking! Season the chuck roasts with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Heat oil in a large pot or dutch oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Sear roasts on all sides and then add beef broth, balsamic vinegar, and dijon mustard. Then add fresh herbs and a little butter. Then braise in the oven for 3 hours. Chop up 2-3 pears and braise for another ½ hour. Then you're done!

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BALSAMIC BRAISED BEEF WITH PEARS

Balsamic Braised Beef with Pears

Balsamic Braised Beef with Pears a delicious winter recipe featuring Aspen Ridge Beef! This recipe is super tender and bursting with flavor.
Serving: 6 servings
Prep Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Calories: 290kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chuck roast
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 onions, roughly diced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 2-3 bosc pears
  • Fresh Parsley, for garnish

Directions

  • Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to chuck roast. Coat liberally and marinate uncovered in the refrigerator for at least an hour, up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven. Sear chuck roasts on all sides, about 4-5 minutes per side. Reduce heat and add beef stock, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard. Stir together to ensure everything is combined. Add fresh thyme, bay leaves, garlic, butter, and onions.
  • Cook in the oven for 3 hours. Add pears and braise for another 30 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Nutrition

Calories: 290kcal
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    This was so delicious!!! The meat was so flavorful and fall apart tender. I marinated the beef for around 20 hours and wouldn’t change a thing. Saving this recipe & can’t wait to make it again!

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  2. 5 stars
    Kicking myself for not taking a photo!! Guess that means I need to make it again SOOOON!! Had a casual dinner party for 6 and this got RAVE REVIEWS yet it took very little effort! Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful recipes!!!

  3. This was amazing, easy and unbelievably tasty!! Beef and pear work well together and reminded me of how Koreans use pear in bulgogi marinade. A recipe I'll keep for many many years. Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    This is the ultimate holiday dinner! It's like a big hug. I love how well the sweetness of the pears complements the beef! Definitely will be making this again!

  5. 5 stars
    I don't know what stole the show --- the tender beef or the juicy pears! Definitely making this one again soon.

  6. Yes ma’am! This recipe sounds amazing! I’m interested to see how the pears blend with beef. Based on what I know about flavor combos though, this will be a dish to remember. Also, I’ll definitely check out Aspen Ridge Natural Angus beef as well. Thanks girl