Sweet Merlot Beef Stew

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Sweet Merlot Beef Stew Sweet Merlot Beef Stew Recipe Courtesy of

Hearty and savory with a touch of Merlot.

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 min
Difficulty: Easy

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4 slices bacon, rendered
2 lb chuck roast, cut into 2” pieces
1 1/2 t Salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 T Flour
1/4 C Paula Deen Merlot Steak Sauce
1 1/2 C Red Wine
1 1/2 C Water
1 t fresh thyme
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 lb Pearl onions
1/2 lb. Button Mushrooms, chopped
2 T Fresh parsley, chopped





In a medium saute pan fry bacon until crisp.  Remove bacon and reserve. Brown beef slowly on all sides in the bacon fat.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper and flour.  Toss to coat evenly. 

Place beef in a heavy 4 qt. saucepan. 

Add reserved bacon (chopped), Paula Deen Merlot Steak Sauce, wine, water, thyme and garlic. 

Cover and cook over low heat for 1 hour.  Add onions to stew and cook for an additional 30 minutes. 

In the final 10 minutes, add the mushrooms and parsley. Add additional water if necessary.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Serve along side crusty tuscan bread for dipping.

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Love you Paula!!

By Evelyn on January 28, 2014


Only one thing missing, carrots!!!! But looks GOOD.

By Anonymous on January 25, 2014


Paula, you are the best! So happy you are exploring other venues, you are a winner and you will come out on top. poopoo on the Food Channel, they are idiots for what they did to you! Wishing you much much success. Birgit Austin

By Birgit Austin on January 25, 2014


I'll always be here for you

By Onassis on January 25, 2014


Love you & your recipes, Paula!

By Lori Campbell-Ray on January 25, 2014


This is a great dish ! We love it .

By Betty Johnson on January 25, 2014


Love, love, love this recipe. The steakhouse on your website was sold out, so I got on to Amazon and was able to purchase that way. There is absolutely nothing I would change about this recipe, it was absolutely wonderful. I served over Amish egg noodles I purchased at a local farm and it was excellent. Your sweet Merlot steak sauce is such a hit at my house, caught my better half using it on chicken lol. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing God given talent with all of us.

By Stephanie Yeager on October 15, 2013


I will have to change a few things to get my husband to eat it. But thanks for the ideas. I love new recipes, the adventure through tasting new dishes. What a wonderful way to travel all over the world. Thank you again. I will check out more recipes as we get the ingredents. We are on a fixed income so some, excuse me, most months we run out of money before we run out of bills and need. But I continue to try to give us adventures through food. Good luck Paula. My prayers and wishes are with you. Love and hugs always. Beverly Ann

By Beverly Ann on October 02, 2013


Hi Paula, I am happy see you are back!! I miss seeing you every day, Please let me know if you have another show on another channel.. Does Jamie still have a show on TV?? Joan Wessling

By Joan on September 18, 2013


Well Paula my husband is getting ready to make your 5 min fudge!! I had back surgery and 2 wks. after that I broke my leg in 2 places so my husband started cooking . Been great .He's learning to cook laundry dishes. He's been great Thank You so much

By Anonymous on September 18, 2013


Since I couldn't find your steak sauce, I just substituted whatever steak sauce I had in my fridge at the time. I also added 4 cloves of garlic rather than only 2. We are garlic lovers in this house. I'll make it again.

By Kate on September 18, 2013


I love you, Paula Deen!

By Diane Alford on September 18, 2013


paula, i love you and stand behind you....your cooking makes me miss my grandmother, and the rest of my redneck family....i enjoy your videos and programs and especially you.....thank you for all you do,,,,,, KEEP COOKING...... Dawn Permenter ( a big fan )

By Dawn Permenter on September 18, 2013


Dear Paula, God Bless you and your family in every possible way. Evil people took me down to being so poor, the homeless man on the corner makes more money than me. I am a talented artist and on a new job, a group of jealous people made a concerted effort to get rid of me. I was layed off and had a breakdown that charged off many physical illnesses. So, sometimes, the "open" sign must be flipped. It's completely forgivable to not make a tv appearance when you are physically unable. After all, you are human gracious lady. It's the human, caring quality that draws people to you and I am proud of you for being so brave in the face of evil. Your recipes will always feed my three sons ~ beef stew, lots of it, their fav and many more will be served at my table for as long as I am able to cook them. Sincerely, Jillene

By Jillene Palmer on June 26, 2013


What can I substitute for The Merlot steak sauce? It's not available in my area.

By Linda on February 23, 2013


A little new to the world of cooking... can you put this in a crock pot to cook

By Jim on October 13, 2012


What could I sub for the merlot steak sauce? It's nowhere near my area and I already got all of the ingredients needed for the recipe.

By Anonymous on September 09, 2012


We have Paula's sauces at Wal-Mart, but I didn't want to drive that far. So, I used A-1 steak sauce and a good merlot wine and it was delicious! I subbed carrots for mushrooms, bc I don't like mushrooms. I also threw in 5 large bay leaves. This dish was WONDERFUL!

By Amy on September 08, 2012


Dear Paula; I love your show and your enthusiastic personality!! But most of all, I enjoy watching you cooking with your big boys smile You have such a good heart, and you love your family very much!!! I am a big fan of your delicious dishes, but not so much of the bakery side. My parents didn't taught us to eat sugar as much because of their diabetes. But I learned a lot of cooking tips from you! THANK you so much for putting your heart and soul into cooking! I am the same way...and my husband makes me laugh when he say that I should have my own show:)) He is the biggest fan I ever had!!! By the way....I saw your picture in some magazine lately....do you lost weight? If so....you look fantastic and sexy! ahaa! girl!! With great admiration, Martha Wolgemuth

By Martha Wolgemuth on September 08, 2012


Makes it a little difficult for us older folks to prepare any of these recipes, since most of them only offer a purchased sauce thru Paula.

By ginny on January 23, 2012

OH my Lord, what a hoot, I needed that gut buster, I am barried in snow in Marion, Ohio and other than the TV my computer world and looking up some good old Paula Dean winter time meals to make the laugh from this colum was a welcome cheer I must say I never expected the joy and boy can I relate.  I have tried meany a day to substitue with grave error. When you want to serve the best do it like the best.  Time and prep is what it is all about. Your reward comes in the end if you do. That is what I think WWPD would say. All smiles from Tina Mae Aldridge your fan in Marion, Ohio

By Tina Mae Aldridge on February 17, 2010

Andrea, another good one for you!! Also loved Ray’s cartoon! I feel your agony with starving parents. They start asking about dinner around 1:30pm when they have just finished lunch!! Feels like I’ve spent the holidays in the kitchen at the sink . Jan 2 can’t come fast enoough for me!!

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