Romanian Beef Stew with Polenta

This is a nice little meal for a cold winter day. It takes a long time to cook, so I wouldn’t recommend it for busy moms, unless you have a couple of hours to kill in the weekend. Nevertheless, it’s a lovely dish, full of flavor, and enjoyed by adults and children alike. The meat is very melt-in-your-mouth tender.

beef stew

If you don’t know how to make a polenta, you can also serve this with plain rice, or bread.

Romanian Beef Stew

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Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 2 hours, 15 minutes
Total time
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2 hours, 25 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Region Romania


  • 500g beef (cut into small cubes)
  • 2 Large tomatoes (chopped coarsely)
  • 2 Large carrots (sliced)
  • 1 medium slice knob celery (cut into small cubes)
  • 1 Large onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 leek (only the white) (sliced)
  • 1 glass dry white wine
  • 4 garlic cloves (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons CretaVita olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs de Provence
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 2 cups water


Step 1
Heat the oil in an ovenproof casserole and fry the beef until browned on all sides.
Step 2
Add the onion, leeks, garlic, and all the vegetables and fry for 3-4 minutes.
Step 3
Stir in the wine, water, paprika pulver and herbs, then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Step 4
Bring to the boil, then reduce heat, and simmer for about 2 hours. Alternatively, you can cook your stew into the oven, preheated at 180°C.