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Belgian Beef Stew


  • Serves 4
  • Cooks in 23 mins (20m prep + 3m cook)
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Tastes: Bitter Salty Sour Sweet Umami
  • Estimated nutrition per serving

Belgian Carbonnade Flamande

local_grocery_store Ingredients

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  1. 1.In a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, cook the chopped bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. 2.Season the beef cubes with salt and pepper. In the same pot with the bacon fat, brown the beef in batches until well-browned on all sides. Remove the beef and set aside.
  3. 3.Add the sliced onions to the pot and cook until softened and caramelized, about 10 minutes.
  4. 4.Sprinkle the flour over the onions and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. 5.Slowly pour in the beef broth and dark beer, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  6. 6.Add the browned beef cubes back to the pot, along with the cooked bacon, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, thyme, and bay leaves. Stir to combine.
  7. 7.Bring the stew to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 2-3 hours, or until the beef is tender and the flavors have melded together.
  8. 8.While the stew is cooking, prepare the egg noodles according to the package instructions.
  9. 9.Serve the Belgian beef stew over the cooked egg noodles, garnished with chopped parsley.
  10. 10.Enjoy this comforting and flavorful Belgian Beef Stew with a side of crusty bread and a glass of your favorite beer!

lightbulb_outline Tips

  • chevron_rightFor extra flavor, marinate the beef cubes in the beer and Dijon mustard mixture for a few hours before cooking.
  • chevron_rightIf you prefer a thicker stew, you can mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water and stir it into the stew during the last 15 minutes of cooking.
  • chevron_rightLeftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The flavors will continue to develop, making it even more delicious!
  • chevron_rightFeel free to customize this stew by adding your favorite vegetables, such as carrots or mushrooms.