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Carbonade Flamande

a Flamish Stew
Main Courses, French, With fresh vegetables, Belgian, and Beef
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500g beef, in cubes
piece of butter
sea salt & freshly ground pepper
1 onion
2 carrots
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 bay leaf and a sprig of thyme
1 teaspoon mustard
½ tablespoon brown sugar
37 cl Belgian Gueuze beer
3 Speculoos biscuits, finely crumbled
a few sprigs of flat parsley, cut finely

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The Carbonade Flamande is a delicious Flemish beef dish, stewed in a Belgian beer. A hearty Belgian stew with fresh onions and carrots is delicious in the cold winter months. We bake fresh French fries - after the Flemish example - and that's what the mini-monsters do love, French fries! They'll take a pass on the stew, but that doesn't matter, we'll serve the mini-monsters peas and apple sauce with the fries. We are just happy we can include the beer ;))

How to make Carbonade Flamande

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Cut the meat into coarse cubes.

Melt the butter on medium heat.

When it browns add the beef.

Chop the onion coarsly.

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Add the salt, pepper and sliced onion.

Cut the carrots in slices.

Add the carrots to the beef as well.

Stir in the mustard and the soft brown sugar

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Add the laurel leaf, thyme and garlic.

Allow it all to fry a bit.

Then pour in the beer.

Stir it, cover the pan with the lid.

  • Depending on the type of beef you use the carbonade-flamande has to stew softly for 1.5 to 2.5 hours
  • You have to check the stew regularly and add a little beer or water if needed
  • Spoon the Carbonade Flamande into a bowl and thicken the gravy by stirring the Speculoos crumbs into the gravy
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Serve the  Flamish Stew in a bowl and sprinkle with parsley.

Serve the Carbonade Flamande with freshly baked French Fries.

Bon appétit!