Жаркое, aka ‘Stewed Beef and Potatoes’ – a delicious Ukrainian and Eastern European comfort food that I ate so often growing up! It’s made with fall-apart braised beef and potatoes in an aromatic tomato sauce with just a sprinkle of dill on top. Every time I make this beef recipe in my kitchen, it brings back warm and delicious memories of my parents making this at home. Even though my mom usually made lunch and dinner in our house, my dad was the one who always made this dish. I love to enjoy this dish with a side of Russian pickles, marinated tomatoes and sour cream.
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Making Stewed Potatoes
This stewed beef recipe is prepared with the most delicious, most aromatic tomato sauce and seasoned with fresh dill. This dish is traditionally made with a cheaper cut of beef, so I use a meat like chuck roast or tri tip, which works very well for this dish. Once the beef is braised, it’s super soft and just falls apart when you bite into it. This beef and potato dish is simply the best! You’ll definitely be coming back for seconds!
- When making this dish, make sure to brown the meat well all over – it adds so much great flavor to this dish!
Slow Cooker Instructions
I’ve had so many of you ask if this dish can be made in a slow cooker and yes, it can be! Follow the recipe instructions as you would for the usual recipe, sauteing the meat. Place everything in to a slow cooker and use just half of the beef broth required. Cook on high heat for 6 to 8 hours, the more the better!
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Ukrainian Stewed Beef & Potatoes Recipe (video)
- 1 1/2 pounds cubed beef; chuck roast or tri-tip
- olive oil
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 cups beef broth
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 4 to 5 white potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons chopped dill
- Preheat a large saute pan over medium-high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the cubed beef (any variety will work). Season the beef with a few pinches of kosher salt and brown the meat all over. Next, add in the minced garlic and diced onion; saute until the onion is tender and translucent. Then add in the seasonings: salt, black pepper, paprika and ground cumin.
- Cook this mixture for a few more minutes, then pour in the tomato sauce, beef broth and water. Bring the liquids up to a simmer, close the pan with a tight-fitting lid, reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the beef is tender.
- Once beef has reached desired level of tenderness, remove it into a small bowl with a slotted spoon; this will create more room for the potatoes to cook. Add the peeled, cubed potatoes. They need to be well-submerged in the broth; add more water or beef broth if needed. Cover the pan with a lid and cook covered for 25 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
- Meanwhile, prepare the cornstarch slurry. Combine the cornstarch and heavy cream until smooth. Once the potatoes are cooked, add the slurry into the sauce and return the beef to the mixture. Stir and cook for a few more minutes until the sauce thickens considerably.
- Season with fresh dill when ready to serve. This dish goes will with a dollop of sour cream on top or with a side of small, Kosher pickles.