Turkish Beef Stew

Posted 25 February, 2011 by Trish in In the Kitchen / 17 Comments

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Am I allowed to say that this week has been the week from hell? Good news is I’m almost done with my first round of CE courses (wait, I didn’t mention that I’ll have to do Round 2 in March??), but the bad news is that we had a sudden deadline at work requiring overtime that has left me exhausted.

Amazingly, I did have the energy to try two new recipes this week. The first, Turkish Beef Stew from October 2007 edition of Every Day with Rachael Ray, was delish. The second I’m not sure about yet–it was a cheesy spinach artichoke pasta that was too cheesy.  Might have to think about it more before posting.


Turkish Beef Stew

I adapted this recipe a bit while cooking, so the original recipe can be found on Rachael Ray’s website.

3 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 pounds beef chuck cubes
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with their juice (I used tomatoes w/ basil, garlic, & oregano)

1 cup beef broth
1/2 tablespoon white cooking wine
1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 pound wide egg noodles
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons flour


1. In a 4-5 quart pot, melt a tablespoon of the butter and brown half of the beef. Remove with a slotted spoon and repeat with second tablespoon of butter and other half of beef. Remove and set aside (maybe not necessary to cook in batches and remove if cooking with large pot…).
2. Stir the tomatoes and beef broth into the pot, reduce the heat to low and stir, scraping up any browned bits. Add the beef, the wine and vinegar, cinnamon, cloves, and pepper; bring to a simmer over low heat. Cover and cook until the meat is fork-tender, about 1 hour.

3. In a small measuring cup mix flour and water. Add some of the stew liquid to the flour and water mixture and mix well. Add all to the pot to help thicken the stew. [not in original recipe but we found the stew to be too watery–perhaps because we used entire can of tomatoes].

4.About 10 minutes before the stew is ready, cook the egg noodles according to the package directions. Toss with the remaining 1 tablespoons butter and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve the stew over noodles.

Makes 4 servings

Scott said, “What are those spices?” The clove and cinnamon smelled delicious but were an unexpected taste. Scott wasn’t sure about the clove taste at first, but we both ended up really enjoying this recipe and will definitely cook it again. The leftovers were even better! Next time I might add some carrots for some extra veggies, but overall very good and incredibly easy. Can’t ask for more!


I tried this recipe as part of the Whip Up Something New Challenge, a challenge that encourages you to dig through your untried recipes and get cooking.  The challenge is hosted here on Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity this month, so be sure to check out the February links and don’t forget to submit your own “Whip Up Something New” recipe. I hope you’ll join us from month to month!

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17 Responses to “Turkish Beef Stew”

  1. Phew! Are you going to get anytime to take it easy before the baby comes along. I feel exhausted for you!

    I am intrigued by cinnamon and cloves in a savoury meal too. I am glad it tasted lovely.

  2. This sounds really good. I love Rachel Ray’s recipes. I think I might have to try this one very soon.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe and the pics.

  3. I love stew, but have always been intimidated to make it. It is one of those things that my dad makes just perfectly, so I don’t want to try & fail.

    But this one is different enough, with the cinnamon & cloves (yum!), that it’s not a competition. Not that it ever is, but you know…

  4. *Vivienne – I’ve made roasts with cinnamon before but the clove was an interesting addition. Yummy!

    *Kristi – If you try the recipe I hope you guys like it!

    *Bermuda – The left overs were great and it really was easy to make!

    *Cindy – I really like Rachael Ray’s recipes as well–she rarely lets me down! Enjoy.

    Carolsnotebook – It was nice to whip this up quickly and then let it simmer for an hour while I did other things, but the left overs were even better, so maybe make the stew portion on a Sunday and reheat with the cooked noodles for Monday!

    *Michelle – Yes, let me know how you like it!!

    *Elise – I know what you mean about parents’ cooking and failing to make it as good. This was really easy and the meat turned out so tender. I don’t make a lot of stews but I’ll definitely make this again. If you try, let me know how it goes!

  5. I love all the spices…I wonder how it would be with chicken, because while I love beef (a steak is heaven) I don’t love stewed beef for some reason. Or pork…not that a Turk would be eating pork… excuse me…just thinking…lol

    If everything goes right, I will actually be in Turkey in the late spring.

  6. I was grocery shopping yesterday and they had such good looking stew meat and I couldn’t think of what to do with it that was appealing, but your Turkish Beef Stew is just what my taste buds want. I am going to try this this weekend, and will let you know how it is. Thanks for the great meal idea.

  7. I have to say that Rachael Ray drives me nuts! But her recipes are usually solid and easy to make. I love the spices in this one and Will have to give it a try.

  8. Comfort food is just the thing for taking away those awful stress levels… really curious about the cheesy spinach artichoke pasta dish now ;)

  9. I just thought I would let you know this stew was fabulous last night and so easy to make. Thanks for a new favorite recipe.

  10. My husband adores beef stew. Because of the spices, this one is very different from the one I make. But sounds delicious nevertheless. I’m definitely going to try it. Thanks!

  11. This recipe sounds delicious Trish except for the cloves. There would be no way I’d be putting them in. lol.

    Sorry you had a bad week. I hope this week will be better and you’ll get some time to relax as well.