If it is accompanied by French fries it's Belgian. If it says Flamande it is Flemish and involves beer ; and if it says a ma façon, it means I can do to it anything I want.
So today I did some serious cooking. As in it has a name. It was for Madame Mere to remind her of her days in Belgium. I think it worked. I added the sweet potatoes, The Belgians will probably set the gendarmes after me but that's what life is all about. Vive la difference!
- 2 lb. beef chuck, cut into 2″ x 1⁄2″-thick slices
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 4 slices bacon, finely chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 3 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced lengthwise
- 1/2 cup Pomi chopped tomatoes
- 2 cups Belgian-style ale, like Ommegang Abbey Ale or dark beer
- 1 cup beef stock
- 2 tbsp. dark brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- Thyme, tarragon,
- 1 bay leaf\
- 1 cup sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed. (optional)
- 1 cup frozen boiled onions
- kitchen bouquet, (2 TB.)
- French fries
Season beef with salt and pepper in a bowl; add flour and toss to coat. Heat 2 tbsp. butter in a 6-qt. over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add beef; cook, turning, until browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate; set aside. Add bacon; cook until its fat renders, about 8 minutes. Add remaining butter, garlic, and onions; cook until caramelized, about 30 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chopped Pomi tomatoes, half the beer; cook, scraping bottom of pot, until slightly reduced, about 4 minutes. Return beef to pot with remaining beer, stock, sugar, vinegar, thyme, parsley, tarragon, bay leaf, and salt and pepper; boil. After 30 minuted add sweet potatoes (if using). After 1 hr. add frozen boiled onion. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, until beef is tender, about 1 ½ hours. Add kitchen bouquet. cook a few minutes. Serve with french fries or bread.
When you cook your french fries, make sure the heat of the oil is very hot before you add them. I know about the splash. It's a tough shot but it's what works best!
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