Potager Beef and Leek Stew with Popovers

cuisine French
difficulty Simple
season Fall & Winter
serves 6


3 large leeks 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 pounds boneless beef shoulder, cut into 1 1/2" chunks (excess fatty tissue removed) 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 3 to 4 cups water


  1. Cut the leeks in half lengthwise, then cut them crosswise into 1/2" thick slices. Include all but the final 2 or 3 inches of the green shaft.
  2. Heat the olive oil heavy bottomed casserole with a lid over medium-high heat. Season the beef with salt and pepper and add the beef to the pot (do not crowd the beef or it will steam instead of brown). Cook until browned on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add the leeks to the beef and cook for 4 or 5 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Sprinkle the leeks and beef with the flour, salt and pepper and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes to brown the flour.
  5. Add the balsamic vinegar and deglaze the pan, scraping up any browned bits that cling to the bottom.
  6. Slowly add 3 cups of the water and bring to a boil, continuing to stir. Reduce the heat and cover the pot. Simmer the stew until a thick sauce has formed and the meat can be cut with a fork, about 2 hours. Add additional water, a little at a time, as needed to keep the meat moist.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Serve in warmed bowls with Jordan Pond House Popovers.