This stew tastes even better the next day. Just cool it down before placing it, covered, in the refrigerator. When you're ready to serve, gently reheat the stew on the stove top, garnish it with green onions, and serve it with rice that's made the day-of.
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- Yield:serves 4
- Active time: 30 minutes
- Total time:2 hours
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 1/2 pounds boneless beef stew meat (such as chuck), cut into 1 inch cubes
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
- 4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 habanero chilies, seeded and minced
- 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
- 1/4 cup rum
- 2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, preferably fire roasted
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons steak sauce, such as A-1
- 1/2 cup chopped scallions
- 2 cups cooked long-grain white rice
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 300°F. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over high heat until smoking. Season beef with salt and pepper. Add beef to pan and cook without moving until well-browned on one side, about 6 minutes. Stir to loosen meat, and add onions and carrots. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, reduce heat to medium and add habaneros, garlic and rum. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes before adding chicken broth, allspice, cinnamon, hot pepper sauce, thyme, bay leaves, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, tomatoes, soy sauce, and steak sauce.
Return to a boil, cover and transfer to oven. Continue cooking until meat is tear-apart-tender when pierced with a fork, about 1 1/2 hours longer.
When stew is done, remove from oven and discard thyme sprigs and bay leaves. If stew is not thick enough, reduce over the stovetop until desired consistency is reached. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with green onions and serve immediately with rice.