Draadjesvlees (Traditional Dutch Slow-Braised Beef)

Draadjesvlees (Traditional Dutch Slow-Braised Beef)

Traditional Dutch winter stew is the sort of hearty, homely food Dutch grandmothers love to serve up to their loved ones.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Pat the meat dry with clean kitchen paper and cut into medium chunks. Heat the butter in a large Dutch oven and brown the meat. Season with salt and pepper. Add the chopped onions and allow to caramelize.
  3. Step 3

    Pour the stock into the Dutch oven. Now add the spices and vinegar and bring to the boil. Once the stew comes to a boil, reduce the temperature to low, cover the Dutch oven with a lid and allow to simmer for at least 3 to 4 hours. Check every so often and add more water if required. If the stew's too thin when you're ready to serve, remove the meat and reduce the liquid over a medium heat, replacing the meat at the end to warm through.
  4. Step 4

    The dish is ready when the meat starts to disintegrate into threads and the liquid has reduced down to a thick gravy. Remove bay leaves, cinnamon stick, and whatever cloves and juniper berries you can find. Serve with boiled potatoes, red cabbage and apples or poached pears and apple sauce.