My Mom bought me a wonderful 6 quart Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven for Christmas...I've been putting it to good use...I just love it..Delicious is all I can say about this meal!!! I hope you try it, and love it as much as my family did...
1Trim off any large pieces of surface fat. Mix together salt, pepper, paprika and turmeric and rub this all over the meat.
2In a dutch oven or large skillet with a domed lid, heat (medium-high) 2 tablespoons canola or other oil and brown the meat. Add more oil if needed. Don't rush this step as browning is important for a rich deep flavor.
3Reduce the heat and add 1 1/2 cups dry red wine (or tomato juice) and 1 1/2 cup water, the bay leaves, and the cinnamon stick. Regulate the heat to maintain a slow simmer. Cover the pot.
4Scrub or peel potatoes and carrots and cut into large pieces. If using egg-sized or smaller potatoes, leave them whole. Cut the onions into large chunks. ( I saved time by buying baby potatoes with a thin skin, and prepackaged baby carrots )
5After the meat has cooked for an hour, turn it over and add the cut up vegetables.
6Continue to simmer, covered, until the meat is tender, about an hour and a half. The actual time will depend on the size and shape of the meat. ( Every so often I would push any carrots or potatoes down into the broth, moving the beef around to make room... this is easy once cooked down some.)
7Remove meat and vegetables to a warmed platter and cover loosely to keep warm while you prepare the pan juices. To thicken, raise the heat and boil down the liquid to your desired consistency, or remove 1/2 cup pan juice and thoroughly mix with 1/4th cup flour. Whisk this back into the pan and cook for about 5 minutes. Correct the seasoning, if necessary.
You can fore go this step if not wanting a gravy for the meat and veggies.