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Beef in Red Wine

2 lb beef, trimmed of fat and cut in 1.5 in cubes
1-2 tbsp oil
1 large onion, very thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, mashed well with a little salt
1 heaped tbsp flour
10 fl oz burgundy
10 fl oz beef stock

Tie together with string 1 fresh bay leaf, 2 sprigs fresh thyme,
a 2" sprig of fresh rosemary and a 2" by 1/2" strip of orange peel.

Heat some oil in a heavy skillet until very hot. Brown the beef
cubes in a single layer, in batches, until dark brown on all sides.
Do not stir the beef about but turn carefully with two spatulas.

As the beef is browned, put the cubes in a large pot.

Add the onions to the same oil, adding a little more if necessary
to stop them sticking, and lower the heat under the skillet. Cook
the onions until they are soft and browned - about 8-10 minutes.
Stir in the garlic and cook 30 seconds.

Pour in half the burgundy and increase the heat under the skillet
to bring the liquid up to the boil. Scrape up the brown bits from
the bottom of the skillet. When most of the liquid has evaporated,
add the rest of the burgundy and the stock. Bring back up to the

Sprinkle flour over the beef cubes and stir them around till the
flour is absorbed in the beef juices. Pour on the hot wine and
onions and stir very well. Add beef stock to barely cover the
meat. Tuck the seasoning bundle (it's a "faggot") in amongst the
meat and cover the pot with foil and then the lid.

Put the pot over a very very low heat and let it simmer for at
least two and a half hours, preferably three and a half. Check
the liquid level from time to time, adding more stock if needed,
and stir occasionally. When ready to serve, remove the faggot of
herbs and check the seasoning. The onions should have dissolved

This stew is better served the next day, after it has been chilled
and any surplus fat removed.


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