I’m going to tell you a secret…
and here it is…
if you want a man to fall in love with you…
make him this dish.
yep, it’s that simple
works every time…
- 8 oz bacon
- 3½ tablespoons olive oil
- 3 pounds lean stewing beef, cut into 2-inch cubes
- 3 carrots, sliced
- 1 onion, sliced
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 bottle of red wine, young and full-bodied (like Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone or Burgundy)
- 2½ to 3½ cups brown beef stock
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 cloves mashed garlic
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- A crumbled bay leaf
- 18 to 24 white onions, small
- Herb bouquet (4 parsley sprigs, one-half bay leaf, one-quarter teaspoon thyme, tied in cheesecloth)
- 1 pound mushrooms, fresh and quartered
- I also added 1 lb. of potatoes
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Slice bacon into this strips and saute in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a flameproof casserole over moderate heat until brown and crisp.
- Remove to a side dish with a slotted spoon.
- Dry beef in paper towels; it will not brown if it is damp. Toss the beef in the flour. Heat fat in casserole until almost smoking. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and saute until nicely browned on all sides. Add it to the bacon on the side.
- In the same fat, brown the vegetables.
- Return the beef and bacon to the casserole and toss with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
- Stir in wine and 2 to 3 cups stock, just enough so that the meat is barely covered.
- Add the tomato paste, garlic, herbs. Bring to a simmer on top of the stove.
- Cover casserole and set in lower third of oven. Cook for 4-5 hours. The meat is done when a fork pierces it easily.