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Sunday, 3 January 2010

Carbonnade of Beef

We've had way too much turkey and ham, so I thought it would be nice to have some real BEEF! As we are beef farmers there is a certain obligation to consume some of this delicious meat. As DH got far too many bottles of beer at Christmas, I blagged one off him, not difficult as he loves this beef cooked in beer almost more than drinking the beer!

Carbonnade of Beef from Judith Wills Top 200 Low Fat Recipes (you see it's good for you too!)
Serves 4, 325 calories per portion, 11.5 fat per portion

cooking oil spray
500g lean braising steak, trimmed and cut into 6 x 5 cm mini steaks (I just cut it into 1 inch cubes)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp plain flour
500ml stout or other dark beer
1 beef stock cube, crumbled
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, to garnish

1. Spray a large, shallow non-stick frying pan with a little cooking oil, heat until hot and brown the meat on allsides, then trnsfer it to a casserole dish.
2. Add the olive oil to the pan and saute the onions over a medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until they begin to soften. Add the garlic and sugar to the pan, stir well, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for another 10 minutes or until the onions start to caramelise.
3. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute, then add the stout, stock cube and tomoato puree, stir well and bring to a simmer.
4. Transfer the onion mixture to the casserole dish and mix with the beef. Add the bay leaf and plenty of seasoning, cover and cook in a preheated oven, 170C/335F/Gas 3.5 for 2 hours.
t5. Check the seasoning, remove the bay leaf and serve garnished with the parsley.

Serving suggestion: Boiled potatoes, dark green cabbage and carrots are delicious with the beef.

You will notice that I put carrots IN my stew, I also used only 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp of brown sugar, still tasted delicious. The gravy in this stew is just so rich and delicious, that I find mash is the best for soaking it up!

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At 3 January 2010 at 22:31 , Blogger chow and chatter said...

oh wow this looks wonderful and i beat your beef tastes divine I made something similar check my blog later he he

At 3 January 2010 at 23:52 , Blogger The imPerfect Housewife said...

I love it hear, it's like speaking English and another language all at the same time - Bubble and Squeak?? I want to eat that just because it sounds cute! Your beef meal looks delish!!!!! ā™„

At 4 January 2010 at 08:45 , Blogger Chele said...

Looks great Janice. Our healthy eating plan kicks in tomorrow when normaility returns to our world.

At 4 January 2010 at 13:03 , Anonymous Wendy said...

Fantastic! I am attempting to stick to 400 calories per portion so that is just perfect!

At 4 January 2010 at 13:20 , Anonymous MaryMoh said...

This beef looks very delicious. I'm not very good in cooking beef. Hope to try this one soon. Thanks for sharing.

At 4 January 2010 at 18:49 , Blogger Judy said...

Janice, this looks and sounds delicious. Is your beef grass-fed?

At 4 January 2010 at 18:57 , Blogger Janice said...

Judy, we don't 'finish' our cattle but sell them on to other farms. So it is not our own beef that I cook. Our calves are out to grass for 8-9 months of the year, but come inside for the cold and usually wet winter months.

At 5 January 2010 at 20:39 , Blogger Chele said...

Hi Janice. I've just been given an award for my blog and am now passing it on to you as one of my favourite blogs. To collect the award go to my blog ;0)

At 6 January 2010 at 17:28 , Anonymous cookeaze said...

That is certainly an interesting Beef! Looks like a great combination of flavors.Hope to try this soon. Thanks for sharing.

At 7 January 2010 at 19:58 , Blogger Maggie said...

The Carbonnade of Beef looks rich and comforting, which is perfect for these very frozen times!

At 8 January 2010 at 12:33 , Anonymous Kath said...

That looks really good, but I doubt my husband will be volunteering any of his Bathams any time soon.

At 9 January 2010 at 22:38 , Blogger Shona said...

That beef looks delicious, such a rich gravy over it. Very nicely done and photographed.

At 14 January 2010 at 21:03 , Anonymous Catherine said...

This is my kind of dish... can't wait to try it!


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