Growing Chefs! Ontario Koresh-e-besh (Persian Quince Stew)

Koresh-e-besh (Persian Quince Stew)

This stew is a classic Persian comfort food. Quince is a hard fruit that requires a long cook-time, after which it transforms into a fragrant floral fruit. Look for quince at farmers markets starting mid to late October, try to pick fruit that are bright yellow and smell floral.
Serves 6 to 8
2 pounds beef, diced into 2 inch pieces1 medium onion, sliced16 ozs can crushed tomatoes1/3 cup tomato paste2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses3 quince, peeled, cored and cut into wedges1/2 cup dried prunes, pitted2 tablespoons grapeseed oil1/4 teaspoon turmeric, ground Pinch of saffron Salt to taste
Measuring spoonsMeasuring cupsPeelerCan openerMixing bowls of various sizesCutting boardChef's knifeLarge heavy bottomed pot or dutch ovenWooden spoonTasting spoonsDish towel

Get Organized!

Gather your mise en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Slice the onion in half, and remove the papery skin. Remove the core and tip of the onion, and thinly slice the onion from tip to root.

Peel the quince, and slice them around the core. Slice the quince into 8 – 12 pieces, about 1 centimeter thick each so that they soften, but do not disintegrate while cooking.

Chop the prunes into quarters, and if necessary remove the pits and discard.

Cut the stewing beef, if needed, into 2 inch pieces.

Measure out the tomatoes, tomato paste, pomegranate molasses, oil, turmeric and saffron.

Get Cooking!

Preheat a large heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the oil and when glistening, add the onions.

Cook the onions until softened, stirring occasionally.

Add the beef, turmeric, and a good pinch of salt and saute until meat is well browned.

Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, pomegranate molasses, prunes, quince, and 4 cups of water, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a low simmer.

Cook 90 minutes to 2 hours, until beef is tender. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add saffron. Season with salt to taste and enjoy!