Carbonade Flamande - Flemish Beef and Beer Stew/Casserole

Recipe by French Tart
READY IN: 3hrs 15mins




  • Preheat the oven to 170C, 340F, gas mark 3.
  • Make sure the pieces of beef are thoroughly dry, using paper towels.
  • In a flame-proof casserole, heat the butter and olive oil. Add the bacon cubes and fry them until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon. Reserve.
  • Make sure your flame-proof casserole is thoroughly heated. Place the pieces of beef and brown them on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon. Keep warm.
  • Place the onions and garlic on the bottom of the casserole dish and cook until transparent (lightly golden). Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Add the sugar and mix thoroughly. Cook until a light caramelisation appears then add the red wine vinegar. Mix thoroughly then cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the cooked beef and bacon to the dish. Mix carefully to make sure there is a full marriage of the flavours of the meat with the onions.
  • Pour the beer then the beef stock until the meat is entirely covered with liquid. Add the bouquet garni.
  • Cut the slices of bread then spread Dijon mustard on the bread. Cover the meat with the bread.
  • Place in the oven. The carbonade should cook slowly between 2 and 3 hours, or in a crockpot for up to 5 hours on high.
  • When cooked mix the bread thoroughly by breaking it up in the dish, the bread works as a thickener for the sauce. Taste then adjust the seasoning. Serve hot.
  • In Belgium the carbonade will be served with chips/fries/frites. In Northern France, it will be served with either braised chicory in butter or red cabbage.