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Beef Ragout with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Winter Squash
10 Sun-dried tomatoes; not oil packed
4 lb Beef chuck; trimmed, cut into cubes
1/2 c Flour; all-purpose
4 tb Olive oil
2 lg Onions; sliced
3 md Carrots; thinly sliced
3 c Beef broth
1 c Red wine
1/4 c Balsamic vinegar
1/4 c Tomato paste
3 cl Garlic; minced
4 Sprigs fresh parsley
2 Sprigs fresh thyme
4 c Butternut squash; peeled, cut into 1" chunks
1/2 ts Salt
1/4 ts Black pepper
1 pk Frozen green peas; 10oz
Bring small saucepan of water to a boil. Add tomatoes; cover and remove from heat. Let tomatoes stand 20 minutes to soften, then drain and quarter; set aside.
In large plastic or paper bag, coat beef with four in 2 batches, shaking offexcess. Place in single layer on wax paper.
Warm 3 tablespoons of the oil in 8-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef in batches so pan is not crowded. Cook until browned on all sides. (Add a bit of additional oil if needed.) Remove to large plate.
Warm remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in same pan over medium high heat. Add onion; cook 10 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; add carrots and cook 3 minutes. Add broth, wine and vinegar, stirring to scrape up brown bits. Stir in quartered tomatoes, beef and juices, tomato paste, garlic, parsley and thyme. Cover; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1 1/2 hours, or until the meat is almost tender, stirring occasionally.
Add squash, salt and pepper and bring back to a simmer. Cover and cook 15 minutes, or until squash is fork-tender.