Slow Cooked Beef and Bean Stew (Cholent)

Slow Cooked Beef and Bean Stew (Cholent)


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This is a traditional kosher beef stew called cholent which is cooked overnight on a low flame so as to avoid cooking on the Sabbath. Very robust and delicious.

Sherrie D.

Serves: 8 

  • 3 onions, quartered
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 kg stewing beef, cut into large chunks
  • 1 cup dry kidney beans
  • 1 cup dried borlotti beans
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 5 large potatoes, peeled and cut into thirds
  • boiling water to cover
  • 2 (30g) packets dry onion and mushroom soup mix
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:40min  ›  Cook:10hours  ›  Ready in:10hours40min 

  1. In a large oven safe pot or roasting pan saute onions in oil over medium heat.
  2. Add meat and brown well on all sides.
  3. Mix in beans; stir continuously until the beans start to shrivel. Stir in the barley. Add potatoes and add just enough boiling water to cover the meat and potatoes. Mix in dry soup mix and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer partially covered for 20 minutes on stove top.
  4. Preheat oven to 100 degrees C.
  5. Cover pot tightly and place in preheated oven. Allow to cook overnight for at least 10 to 15 hours. Check periodically to make sure you have enough liquid to cover; add small amounts of water if needed. Do not stir; stirring will break up the chunks of potatoes.

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