Because I like to improvise in the kitchen and invent new recipes, today I show you how to make a beef and cabbage stew recipe, step by step, and a little different than you are used to. It will result, you will see, in a very tasty dish, with wonderful flavours and which will surely be loved by the whole family.

It is an interesting recipe, in which we will actually make a cabbage stew and a beef stew and we will combine them, resulting in a delicious dish for dinner.

As a description, it looks like the Polish dish “bigos” or the Hungarian “székelykáposzta”, the difference being that these recipes are made with sauerkraut and I chose to use fresh cabbage.

Let’s See What Ingredients I Used in My Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe?

We need relatively few basic ingredients, fresh cabbage, beef, onions, beef stock and tomato juice.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Sweetheart Cabbage, Beef Cut, Onions, Dill and Thyme

I chose to use sweetheart cabbage, two pieces, which is a young cabbage and does not need much cooking time and is very delicious.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Two Sweetheart Cabbage

We also need beef, about 700 g, the most suitable is lean diced beef, from which we will first make a delicious stew.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Beef Meat Cut in Cubes

And we also use three medium-sized onions, two for beef stew and one for cabbage stew.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Three Medium Size onions

From a tablespoon of beef concentrate, I diluted with water and obtained about 600 ml of beef stock.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Beef Stock

And we need about 600 ml of tomato juice.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Tomatoes Juice

Starting With Beef Stew

As I said, we will make two stews, and we will start with the beef one because it requires a longer cooking time. For this, we clean two onions from the three and prepare the meat, which we cut into smaller pieces, in order to prepare it faster.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Peeled Onions and Beef Meat Cut in Cubes

We chop the onion finely because I like that after long cooking, it will almost disappear in the beef stew.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Chopping Onions

In a smaller saucepan, heat about 100 ml of olive oil, in which we will fry the chopped onion, two-three minutes.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Frying Chopped Onions

Until the onion is fried, add a tablespoon of sweet pepper paste, one of my favourites, almost indispensable in my recipes.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Sweet Paprika Paste on Frying Chopped Onions

Stir and fry until the onion becomes translucent.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Fried Chopped Onions

Now add the meat, which we fry, stirring occasionally.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Beef Cut on Fried Chopped Onions

I sprinkled a spoonful of sweet paprika powder on top, another spice not missing from my kitchen and which I also use very often.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Sweet Paprika Powder on Frying Beef Cut

Stir and simmer for about 15 minutes, because the meat will leave its own juice. Season with two teaspoons of sea salt, a teaspoon of freshly ground pepper and a teaspoon of caraway powder.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Frying Beef Stew

After about 15 minutes, add about 600 ml of beef stock, and let it simmer for about 45 minutes, depending on the type of meat used.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Pour Beef Stock on the Frying Beef Stew

While the beef is simmering, we can start the cabbage stew.

Starting the Cabbage Stew

For this, we add the ingredients, that is, we clean the third onion and cut the sweetheart cabbages in two.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Peeled Onion and Sweetheart Cabbage Cut in Two

There are several ways to cut cabbage, I chose to cut it with a kitchen knife, into thin slices, but it’s no problem if you can’t cut it very thin.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Slicing the Sweetheart Cabbage

Continue until we cut the two cabbages.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Sliced Sweetheart Cabbage

We also finely chop the third onion.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Chopped Onion

Finely chop the thyme and dill.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Chopped Dill and Thyme

This time we take a soup pot for a slightly bigger because all the sliced cabbage will have to fit. Heat 50 ml of olive oil in this and fry the chopped onion.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Frying Chopped Onion

While the onion is frying, season with a teaspoon of caraway powder and a tablespoon of sugar, stirring occasionally.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Seasoning With Caraway Powder the Frying Chopped Onion

Add sliced cabbage, first half of the quantity, mix and then the other half of the cabbage.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Sliced Cabbage on the Fried Chopped Onion

Season with two teaspoons of sea salt, about 600 ml of tomato juice, stir and bring to the boil.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Tomatoes Juice on the Sliced Sweetheart Cabbage

Add a cup of water, thyme and half of the chopped dill. Boil everything over low heat for about 20 minutes until the cabbage softens a little.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Chopped Dill and Thyme in Cabbage Stew

Finishing the Dish

If we organize ourselves well, we can finish the two stews at the same time and we can combine them, to obtain my beef and cabbage stew recipe.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Cabbage Stew and Beef Stew in Different Pots

For this, with the help of a ladle, we remove the beef from the stew and add it to the cabbage stew. From the stew juice, we will add only a little if needed, we must finally get a coarser stew.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Simmered Beef Meat in Cabbage Stew

Add the other half of chopped dill and simmer for another 15 minutes, until it evaporates from the liquid and we get the desired consistency.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Ready to Serve

And that’s it, that’s it my beef and cabbage stew recipe, adapted and with Hungarian influences. Let’s served it!

Serving the Stew

Serve hot, with fresh bread and a little sour cream or Greek yoghurt on top.

Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe-Served on Plate

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Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Stew
Cuisine: Hungarian, Transylvanian
Diet: Low Fat
Keyword: beef and cabbage stew, beef and cabbage stew recipe, beef cabbage stew, beef cabbage stew recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 6 portions
Author: Timea
Because I like to improvise in the kitchen and invent new recipes, today I show you how to make a beef and cabbage stew recipe, step by step, and a little different than you are used to.
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Equipment

  • Soup Pot
  • Saucepan

Ingredients

  • 700 g lean diced beef cut in cubes
  • 3 pieces onions medium-size
  • 2 pieces sweetheart cabbage sliced
  • 600 ml tomatoes juice
  • 600 ml beef stock
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika powder
  • 4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 tbsp sweet pepper paste
  • 150 ml olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 teaspoons caraway powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 bunch dill
  • 4 springs thyme
  • 250 ml water

Instructions

  • Clean the onions and prepare the meat, which we cut into smaller pieces. Chop the onion finely because, after long cooking, it will almost disappear in the beef stew. Cut the cabbage with a kitchen knife, into thin slices, but it’s no problem if you can’t cut it very thin. Finely chop the thyme and dill.
  • In a smaller saucepan, heat about 100 ml of olive oil, in which we will fry the chopped onion, two-three minutes. Add a tablespoon of sweet pepper paste stir and fry until the onion becomes translucent. Add the meat, the sweet paprika powder, stir and simmer for about 15 minutes. Season with sea salt, freshly ground pepper and caraway powder, add about 600 ml of beef stock, and let it simmer for about 45 minutes.
  • Take a soup pot, heat 50 ml of olive oil in this and fry the chopped onion. Season with caraway powder and sugar, stirring occasionally. Add sliced cabbage, the first half of the quantity, mix and then the other half of the cabbage. Season with sea salt, add tomato juice, stir and bring to the boil. Add a cup of water, thyme and half of the chopped dill. Boil everything over low heat for about 20 minutes until the cabbage softens a little.
  • With the help of a ladle, we remove the beef from the stew and add it to the cabbage stew. Add the other half of chopped dill and simmer for another 15 minutes, until it evaporates from the liquid and we get the desired consistency.
  • Serve hot, with fresh bread and a little sour cream or Greek yogurt on top.

Notes

You can use any type of fresh cabbage, preferably from summer varieties.
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