January 27, 2022

Creamy Dijon Braised Beef

Prep Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 4 hrs
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Creamy Dijon Braised Beef is a rich stew with tender chuck roast, simmered in a red wine broth with dijon mustard and heavy cream. Cozy up with a bowl of this classic supper during those chilly winter nights.

If you have a taste for a hearty meal, then you should try my Balsamic Braised Beef with Pears recipe or my Cheesy Bacon Cauliflower Soup.

creamy dijon braised beef in a bowl with a fork and spoon

This Creamy Dijon Braised Beef stew is ideal for a laidback Sunday at home. Take a marinated chuck roast and prepare it over the course of a few hours.

But don't worry! This recipe is pretty hands-off. Just let it brew on the stovetop. By dinner time, you'll have a thick, hearty broth filled with savory chunks of beef and mushrooms.

This is the best creamy beef stew recipe because every spoonful feels like an indulgence. It's got a smooth consistency thanks to the inclusion of heavy cream and it's a bit decadent courtesy of dry red wine. Dijon mustard adds a burst of bold flavor to this otherwise delicate stew.

tender beef on top of mashed potatoes with mushrooms

creamy dijon braised beef ingredients

  • Chuck Roast: It's the perfect cut of meat for a stew because it gets more tender the longer it cooks.
  • Marinade: I used everyday seasonings like onion powder, salt, pepper, and thyme to build flavor.
  • Red Onions & Garlic Cloves: These aromatics are fused into what becomes the sauce.
  • Thyme: This herb adds a particular freshness to the broth. It has a slightly minty, lemony flavor.
  • Dry Red Wine: While it's not absolutely necessary, wine adds a richness to this Creamy Dijon Braised Beef. You can use an inexpensive wine that is still good enough to drink, like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Beef Stock: The base of the broth.
  • Mushrooms: They thicken up the stew and add a savory profile to the stew. Add them when the stew is almost done. Throwing them in too soon could result in a diluted flavor.
  • Dijon Mustard: This zesty mustard adds depth to the stew.
  • Heavy Cream: The finished product won't be quite as creamy without it! All you need is a tiny bit!
braised beef in a bowl on top of a serving tray

what gives beef stew it's flavor?

Marinate: Marinating meat prior to cooking intensifies the flavor of food with just a few basic ingredients. It also tenderizes the beef. Marinate for at least an hour, preferably overnight, on a cooling rack uncovered in the refrigerator. 

Sear: Browning the meat is essential. Sear it over high heat in order to carmelize the exterior of the meat and add depth to the flavor.

Sauté: Dining is a full sensory experience. Sauteing sliced onions before adding garlic cloves at a lower temperature allows the onions to cook and release an aroma that adds to the pleasure of eating the stew later.

Simmer: Add red wine, beef stock, and thyme. Cover with a lid and simmer on low for 3-4 hours, until beef is fork-tender. This prevents food from cooking too quickly and meat from toughening.

Sauce: Just before the stew is done, add dijon mustard and heavy cream. These are the top two ingredients for the recipe. They add the most flavor and texture.

creamy dijon braised beef in a bowl with a dish cloth on the side

what goes with beef stew?

How long can you keep beef stew leftovers?

Stew is one of those foods that tastes even better the next day! Cool it to room temperature before storing it in the fridge in a resealable container. It's good for up to four days if stored properly. When you're ready to serve, simply reheat in a large pot over medium.

To freeze, just store in an airtight container. Don't fill it. Instead leave about an inch of space because the stew will expand while freezing. It can last up to 3 months in the freezer.

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creamy dijon braised beef in a bowl with a fork and spoon

Creamy Dijon Braised Beef

Creamy Dijon Braised Beef is a rich stew with tender chuck roast, simmered in a red wine broth with dijon mustard and heavy cream. Cozy up with a bowl of this classic supper during those chilly winter nights.
Serving: 8 servings
Prep Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 4 hrs
Calories: 563kcal

Ingredients

  • 2.5-3 lbs Chuck roast
  • 1 tbsp Onion powder
  • 2 tsp Rosemary, diced finely
  • Salt and pepper, as desired
  • 2 Red onions, sliced
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 2 cups Dry red wine
  • 4 cups Beef stock
  • 4 sprigs Thyme
  • 2 cups Mushrooms
  • 3 tbsps Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup Heavy cream
  • 3 tbsps Olive oil
  • 4 tbsps Salted butter

Directions

  • Season chuck roast with onion powder, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Marinate for at least an hour, preferably overnight, on a cooling rack uncovered in the refrigerator. 
  • Add olive oil and butter to a large pot over high heat. Sear chuck roast on both sides. Add red onions and cook until the onions have softened. Add garlic and reduce heat to low. Add red wine, beef stock, and thyme. Cover with a lid and cook on low for 3-4 hours, until beef is fork-tender.
  • Remove beef from liquid and raise heat to high. Cook on high until liquid has reduced by half. Add mushrooms. Reduce heat to low and add dijon mustard and heavy cream. Whisk together and add the beef back to the cream sauce.
  • Taste for seasonings, add salt and pepper as desired. 

Nutrition

Calories: 563kcal
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American

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