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

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Stage 1 - 10 min.
Cut 1 kg beef into large cubes.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Prepare and chop 2 onions.

Stage 3 - 10 min.
Prepare and chop 2 carrots.

Stage 4 - 10 min.
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.
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.
Return the cubed meat to the pan and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons flour.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
Add the diced carrots.

Stage 8 - 3 min.
Add 1 kg beer, then salt and pepper.

Stage 9 - 2 hours
Turn the heat down to minimum and leave to simmer for about 2 hours...

Stage 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.
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.
Several days in the fridge in a sealed container.
Home made.
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).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Gluten
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  • For 6 people : 12.01 €
  • Per person : 2.00 €

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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...
    Posted by Louise november 14th 2011 at 23:20 n° 1
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