Greetings VinoVossers! In the northern hemisphere, some of you may have noticed that the days are getting shorter and the nights longer signaling that it is time for richer food. We wanted to introduce this versatile hygge-inducing dish to you early. Its fail-proof, flexible nature will keep you coming back to it all the way through to Spring’s return.

The versatility of this hygge-inducing braised beef dish will keep you coming back to it all the way through to Spring.

It is time for richer comfort food (Photo: Nathan Dumlao, Unsplash)


5 lbs of Boneless Chuck Roast / 2.3 Kg of Braising Steak

3 tbs of Vegetable Oil

Salt — To Taste

Ground Black Pepper — To Taste

1 tbs of Dried Thyme

1 tbs of Dried Rosemary

1 Bay Leaf

¼ tsp of Ground Cinnamon

¼ tsp of Ground Cumin

2 Onions (Halved with each half stuck with 1 whole clove)

6 Cloves of Garlic (Peeled)

1 Leek (Sliced into rings)

2 & ½ Cups of Liquid (Use Your Choice of Red Wine, or Brown Belgian Beer, Tomato puree, or Beef Stock)


1 Casserole Dish


  • Cut the Boneless Chuck Roast/Braising Steak into 2 inch/5 cm cubes.
  • Add the oil to a casserole dish and warm the oil to a medium heat..
  • Brown the Chuck Roast/Braising Steak on all sides.
  • While leaving 2 tbs of oil in the pan, remove the excess oil
  • Add Salt and Pepper.
  • Add the Thyme, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Cumin, Bay Leaf, Onions, Garlic, and Leek.
  • Add your choice of liquid, and stir it well
  • Place on the stove and bring the liquid to a boil
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 hours
  • Cook for longer if you would like a thicker sauce

Enjoy this braised beef dish with a braising liquid (Photo: Hans Isaacson, Unsplash)

You can make this braised beef dish again and again with whatever braising liquid you have on hand. Beer, Wine, Tomato Puree or Stock, it will always be delicious.


The combination of intensely flavored beef and a long cooking process, which includes caramelization, and braising in a flavorsome liquid results in a powerful dish and calls for an equally flavorsome wine. The unique climate of Washington’s Red Mountain AVA, which has both a long growing season and large swings in temperature, results in wines with both flavor intensity and structure making it a perfect place to look for pairings. Try this single-vineyard Syrah or another Red Mountain wine from Vinovoss.

Goedhart Bel’ Villa Vineyard Syrah

Words by Matthew Cocks

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