Burgundy Pepper Spoon Stew

Colleen Sowa


My Great Grandmother Ellen Kay Sullivan made this for her family on Sundays or special occasions (she had 15 children). She called it "5-5-5 STEW".

She gave the recipe to her daughter-in-law Mabel Kennedy Sullivan (my father's mother). She came from family of 11 children, my mother had 10.

My grandma taught me to read & write by reading and copying recipes. We wrote letters to her siblings and extended family, sharing great recipes like this one! We loved to cook together & just be together... she was a grand lady! Boy oh boy could she cook!

Play With Your Food ! xo

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20 -25 (prep time does not include marinating time)
30 Min
3 Hr 30 Min



1 1/2 c
burgundy wine
2 tsp
garlic powder
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper
1 tsp
ground black pepper
1 tsp
sea salt
1 tsp
ground cardamom
1 tsp
poultry seasoning


5 lb
beef roast of choice


5 lb
5 lb
5 lb
turnips (including any greens)
5 large
5 stick
3 - 4 qt


2 Tbsp
beef base
5 Tbsp
corn starch
1/2 - 1 c


extra spices like garlic powder and cayenne to taste
extra water


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1Preheat 350 degree oven.

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2Put wine and spices together in a large bowl.

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3Leave meat whole or cut up meat and put into bowl with marinade. Cover with lid. Refrigerate for 8 hours. Swirl the meat and marinade several times.

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4Put two Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet, start browning the marinated meat. (Save the marinade in the refrigerator until needed).

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5Put browned meat into roast pan.

Use left over marinade to deglaze the skillet. Pour this into the roast pan. If need be, use some water to finish deglazing the skillet and pout that over the meat too.

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6Wash, peel and cut up the carrots and add them to the roast pan.

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7Peel and cut up onions and add them to the roast pan.

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8Wash and cut up the celery (including the leaves) and add to the roast pan.

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9Wash potatoes, cut off any bad spots, cut them up and add to the roast pan.

*** I don't peel the potatoes, but you can if you want to.

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10Wash, peel and cut up turnips, add to the roast pan.

*** If your turnips have any greens on them, clean them and add them in too.

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11Pour 3 quarts of water over the top of everything in the roast pan.

Put the lid on roast pan. Put into oven. Cook for 3 hours (check about halfway through and add more water if needed).

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12Remove when done. Remove lid. Gently stir the meat and vegetables a bit.

Push as much as you can to one end of the roaster.

Sprinkle with extra pepper, garlic powder to taste.

Set on top of the stove, bring liquid to a boil.

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13Mix beef base into a bowl with 1/2 cup of cold water.

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14Add corn starch to the bowl. Stir until cornstarch is liquefied.

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15Add the mixture in the bowl slowly into the roast pan with boiling liquid. Stir constantly until a thick gravy forms.

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16Add frozen peas at this time (optional), I love the bright green color and flavor, so I always add peas!

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17Serve on a plate or in a bowl.

I like bread and butter of any kind, Irish Soda Bread or Hawaiian Rolls are favorites.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Marinades
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Irish