Carbonnade


Carbonnade
Carbonnade is a dish that comes from Belgium and the north of France. Large pieces of beef are slowly simmered in beer with carrots and onions. Here's a personal version.
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Last modified on: November 13th 2011

Keywords for this recipe:MeatSlow cookingBeerBelgiumFlandres
For 6 people, you will need:

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
32 min.2 hours 12 min.2 hours 44 min.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 10 min.
Carbonnade : Photo of step #1
Cut 2 lb + 3.2 oz beef into large cubes.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Carbonnade : Photo of step #2
Prepare and chop 2 onions.

Stage 3 - 10 min.
Carbonnade : Photo of step #3
Prepare and chop 2 carrots.

Stage 4 - 10 min.
Carbonnade : Photo of step #4
Pour 5 tablespoons olive oil into a large heavy-based pan on high heat.

When hot, add the pieces of meat and fry until browned on each side (do not salt, as this will bring out the juices, which will stop them browning).

When browned, remove the meat from the pan and transfer to a plate to wait.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
Carbonnade : Photo of step #5
Use the same pan, which should now contain just a little fat, and fry the chopped onions with salt and pepper for 1 or 2 minutes, stirring from time to time.

Stage 6 - 3 min.
Carbonnade : Photo of step #6
Return the cubed meat to the pan and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons flour.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
Carbonnade : Photo of step #7
Add the diced carrots.

Stage 8 - 3 min.
Carbonnade : Photo of step #8
Add 2 lb + 3.2 oz beer, then salt and pepper.

Stage 9 - 2 hours
Carbonnade : Photo of step #9
Turn the heat down to minimum and leave to simmer for about 2 hours...

Stage 10
Carbonnade : Photo of step #10
...until the beer has reduced to make a thick and tasty sauce. At the same time the meat will have become very well cooked tender.
Remarks
For the beer, I advise you to use a dark beer which will give stronger flavour.

In the so-called "Flemish" carbonnade, a little brown sugar or a slice of gingerbread spread with mustard is added to the dish. But, I don't feel that either is necessary.

For more flavour, you can add a beef stock cube.

Carbonnade is one of those dishes, like boeuf bourguignon for example, which is even better when it is reheated.

And to drink?

The same beer as you add to the dish - a Belgian beer, of course!

I prefer "Mort-Subite" Geuze ("sudden death"!), but you can use a dark beer like Chimay, or a British-style mild or strong ale.
Keeping
Several days in the fridge in a sealed container.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
4,023 Kcal or 16,843 Kj190 gr196 gr275 gr
201 %73 %18 %42 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
147 Kcal or 615 Kj7 gr7 gr10 gr
7 %3 %1 %2 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
671 Kcal or 2,809 Kj32 gr33 gr46 gr
34 %12 %3 %7 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 people : 12.01 €
  • Per person : 2.00 €

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Source
Home made.
This recipe uses (among others)
BeerBeer: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Endive and beer soup, Ch'ti mussel tarts, Welsh (French Welsh Rarebit), Gratin du Nord, ... All
Beef Beef : You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Taos hotpot, How to slow cook meat, Two-stage beef chuck , Boeuf (beef) bourguignon, Upside-down Parmentier, ... All
Olive oilOlive oil: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Turban of sole with langoustines, Gratin of chicken with rice and sautéed mushrooms, Bisto-style canapés, Sliced cauliflower with 3 cheeses, Veal Marengo, ... All
FlourFlour: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Corsican tarts, Cigarettes Russes (Piroulines), Finger biscuits, Linzer torte, Household cake (Gâteau de ménage), ... All
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  • I have stumbled upon this dish in many cookbooks, JH but I never seen an actual picture! It looks delicious!!! Thank you for sharing...
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