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Boeuf Bourguignonne

Ingredients
  Vegetable oil 60 Milliliter (4 tablespoons)
  Beef topside 2 1⁄2 Pound, trimmed of fat and cut into cubes (1.25 kilogram)
  Streaky bacon 4 Ounce, rinds removed and diced (100 gram)
  Flour 30 Milliliter (2 tablespoons)
  Red wine 8 Fluid Ounce (250 milliliter)
  Beef stock 8 Fluid Ounce (250 milliliter)
  Bay leaves 2
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), peeled and crushed
  Dried mixed herbs 1 Pinch
  Brandy 45 Milliliter (3 tablespoons)
  Salt To Taste
  Black pepper To Taste
  Pickling onions 12 Small, peeled
  Freshly chopped parsley 1 Tablespoon (for garnish)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat an oven moderately to (160°C/325°F or Gas Mark 3)

MAKING
2. In a pan, heat 3 x 15 ml spoons/3 tablespoons oil and fry beef briskly until browned on all sides.
3. Drain and transfer to an ovenproof casserole dish.
4. Into the pan fry adding bacon until crisp and golden brown, then stir in the flour and fry for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
5. Simmer stirring in the wine, stock, bay leaves, garlic and herbs gently.
6. In a small pan, put the brandy warm through, then ignite and pour over the meat while still flaming.
7. Pour over the sauce, add salt and pepper to taste, then cover and cook in a preheated moderate oven for 1 1/2 hours.
8. In a pan, heat the remaining oil and fry the onions gently until browned.
9. Drain thoroughly, add to the casserole and cook for a further 1 hour until the meat is tender.
10. Remove the bay leaves and if you wish to freeze the dish, do so at this stage. Cool the dish, leave in the casserole or pour into a rigid container. Seal, label and freeze.
11. In a freezer bag or foil wrap the casserole and then cover.

SERVING
12. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
13. To thaw and serve: reheat from frozen in the covered casserole in the preheated moderate oven for 2 hours or until heated through.
14. Serve as indicated in step 12.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
French
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Beef
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
120 Minutes
Ready In: 
130 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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