Turning a tough cut of meat into a hearty, succulent meal involves only a couple of hours of slow simmering. Many recipes call for a simple stock or red wine, which not only braises the meat but also imparts a flavor and, in turn, thickens and reduces into the perfect accompanying sauce. This recipe uses Belgian-style ale, which enhances the simple, earthy taste of the beef and saut;ed onions. Serve with small boiled new potatoes.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Adjust rack to bottom third of oven, and preheat to 325 degrees. In a medium-large Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium-low heat until crisp, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet; set aside.

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  • Season beef with salt and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons oil to pot, and raise heat to medium high. Working in batches, brown meat, 1 to 2 minutes per side. As each batch is browned, transfer to a medium bowl; set aside.

  • If necessary, add remaining tablespoon oil. Lower heat to medium. Add onions, and deglaze with about 2 tablespoons ale, scraping any browned bits from bottom of pan with a wooden spoon. Continue to cook, stirring frequently until soft, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle flour over onions, and cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Add remaining ale, and bring to a boil, scraping any remaining browned bits from bottom of pan with a wooden spoon.

  • Tie thyme, parsley, and bay leaves in a bundle with a piece of kitchen twine. Add to onions. Return bacon and beef to pan, pushing beef down into liquid. (The liquid will not completely cover beef). Add 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Cover, and transfer to oven. Cook until beef is fork-tender, about 2 hours. Remove herb bundle, and discard. Taste, and adjust for seasoning. Serve hot.

Reviews (1)

7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: Unrated
06/18/2009
I made this for supper and my husband loved it. It really was very good. This recipe is a keeper !