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Beef Bourguignonne In A Clay Pot

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Ingredients
  Beef round 2 1⁄2 Pound, cut into 1 inch cubes
  Brandy 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Red wine 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  All purpose flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Ground pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Bacon 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), diced
  Beef bouillon 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  White onions 12 Small (Peeled)
  Carrots 8 Small, peeled and cut in half lengthwise (Flour Mixture:)
  Mushrooms 6 Large, sliced
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), crushed
  Parsley 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), chopped
  Bay leaves 2
  Tomato paste 1 Tablespoon
  Dried thyme 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Arrowroot 1 Teaspoon
Directions

Marinate the cubed beef overnight in 1/2 cup each brandy and red wine.
When ready to cook, drain the beef and reserve the marinade.
Presoak a clay pot, top and bottom, in water for 15 minutes.
Combine the flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and the pepper in a paper bag, add the beef, and shake.
Set aside any remaining flour mixture.
In frying pan, cook the diced bacon in olive oil until lightly browned, then remove with a slotted spoon and set aside on a paper towel to drain.
Saute the floured beef in the remaining bacon fat and olive oil until browned on all sides, then pour off most of the fat, add 1/2 cup of the bouillon, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove the beef cubes from the pan with a slotted spoon, reflour in the remaining flour mix, and place in the presoaked pot, along with the small white onions, carrots, and mushrooms.
To the drippings in the frying pan, add the crushed garlic, chopped parsley, bay leaves, tomato paste, thyme, remaining salt, and reserved marinade (combined with enough equal amounts of brandy and wine to make 1 cup).
Mix well and pour into the clay pot.
Cover the pot and place it in a cold oven.
Set the oven temperature at 450 degrees.
Cook for 1 hour.
Then remove the pot from the oven and add the bacon cracklings.
Test the sauce for thickness and the meat for doneness. (If the sauce is too thick, add heated wine, being careful not to pour it directly on the hot clay; if the sauce is too thin, pour it off into a saucepan. Skim off the fat, heat it, and thicken with arrowroot, then adjust seasoning to taste and pour back into the pot.)
Serve with plain boiled potatoes for a traditional bour guignon dinner—or, if you prefer, boiled noodles.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main Dish
Ingredient: 
Beef
Interest: 
Party

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