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Carbonnade Flamande Recipe

Flemish beef stew known as Carbonnade a la Flamande that is flavored with beer, spices, and a little brown sugar.

Carbonnade Flamande Ingredients
- 1 pound of cubed stewing beef
- Oil for browning the beef
- 2 slices of bacon, chopped
- 3 or 4 onions, sliced
- 1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon of flour
- 1 bottle of beer (preferably Belgian ale)
- 2 cups of strong beef broth
- 2 bay leaves
- Pinch of thyme (fresh or dried)
- Pinch of allspice
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- handful parsley, chopped
- 1 or 2 tablespoons of mustard (to taste)

Carbonnade Flamande Instructions
Sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper and brown it on all sides in the oil. Remove the meat from the pan and set it aside. Add a little of the beef broth to the drippings and scrape the dripping from the bottom of the pan. Pour the broth and drippings over the meat. Fry the chopped bacon until browned, and add the bacon to the beef. Brown the onions in the bacon fat and stir the flour into the browned onions. Add the meat and bacon to the browned onions, and pour in the bottle of beer. Add enough beef broth to cover the meat, then add the bay leaves, thyme, and allspice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to aboil then lower the heat and simmer it, covered, about two hours, stirring occasionally to keep it from sticking. alternatively, the beef mixture can be baked in the oven until it is tender. When the meat is very tender, stir in the parsley and mustard and serve.

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