Beef Stew Russian Style

Beef Stew Russian Style
The Russian roast beef is traditionally stewed in a clay pot in the oven. It is often recommended to sear the meat first in order to get a nice crust. It makes the meat really juicy and tasty. The selection of vegetables can vary according to season and mood. In Russia, root vegetables such as carrots and celery are quite common. Whole grain rye bread used in this recipe gives the dish a special flavor. Potatoes can be served separately or braised with meat in the oven.


600-800 g (=1.3-1.7 lb) beef
3 onions
1 carrot
1 celery (root)
2 slices rye bread
150 g (=5.3 oz) bacon
50 g (=3.5 tbsp) butter
500 ml (=2.2 cups) stock
100 ml (=0.4 cup) sour cream
4-6 potatoes
peppercorns, bay leaves
flour, salt
fresh parsley


  1. Cut beef into slices, season with salt, dredge in flour and sear on both sides until a nice brown crust forms.
  2. Finely chop onions, carrot and celery.
  3. Cut bread into small pieces and combine with vegetables. Add bay leaf, peppercorns and season with salt.
  4. Line bottom of a casserole dish with bacon slices. Layer some meat, follow with a layer of vegetable-bread mixture. Repeat. Pour stock into the casserole dish, just enough to cover the second meat layer, no more. The whole thing shouldn’t swim! Bring to low boil over medium heat and take off heat.
  5. Preheat oven to 100C/212F, cover and bake for about two hours. Add sour cream and bake for another half an hour. Sprinkle with parsley shortly before serving.
  6. Peel and boil potatoes. Serve as side dish.

The following variation is especially popular in Russia on special occasions:

Prepare and serve beef stew in small clay pots. In this case cook potatoes in the pots together with the rest. In Russia, they usually take a set of clay pots with a lid with a capacity of approx. 500 ml (0,52 Quarts). This way the portions don't get too big. When choosing a clay pot, it is important to make sure that the walls are of uniform thickness and that the glaze is not damaged.

This beef stew is often cooked for different celebrations, for example for Easter.

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