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"We're making a really fun fall-into-winter, cozy kind of food," says Rach. "It's a one-pot meal, kind of like a beef stew with pretty potato circles on top." And it's flavored with what Rach calls "sexy fall flavors," including allspice, clove, ancho chili powder, bay and cinnamon. The smell is as amazing as the taste!
Pro Tip from Rach: For the best results, pat the meat dry after cutting it and let it come to room temp before searing it.
Preheat oven to 325°F, with rack at center.
Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
Season meat (pat dry, room temp) with salt and pepper and brown all over 5 to 6 minutes, then remove. Add 2 tablespoons butter and lower heat to medium-low. Add carrots, celery, onions, salt and pepper and stir a few minutes. Add garlic, bay, allspice, cloves, chili powder, cinnamon and tomato paste and stir 2 minutes more. Sprinkle in flour and stir, then add red wine and stock, add beef back and simmer 15 minutes. Remove cinnamon and bay and top with a spiral or concentric circles of sliced potatoes. Melt the last of the butter and brush the potatoes with it, then season them with salt and pepper and sprinkle with thyme. Cover pan with foil and bake 1 ½ hours until tender, uncover and broil to brown potatoes a couple of minutes. Top with parsley and serve.