Ingredients

How to make it

  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  • Heat a teaspoon or 2 of olive oil in the biggest skillet (with a lid) you’ve got or in a Dutch oven. Brown the bacon until it’s done, but not crispy. Remove the bacon, but leave the fat; return to medium-high heat.
  • Add the cubes of beef in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Turn the pieces quickly to brown the meat on all sides; remove to the plate with the bacon.
  • When all the meat is seared, add the carrots and onions to the pan and cook for about 12-15 minutes, until the onions are golden brown. Add the garlic, and cook for another few minutes. Season with plenty of Kosher salt and cracked pepper. Now comes the fun part. Have the half cup of brandy and a match or lighter. Add the brandy, and light it on fire, standing away from the stove. It will burn off in less than a minute, but it’s fun to watch!
  • Stir in the beef and bacon pieces, and pour in the wine. Stir and season with salt and pepper. Add the beef broth; make sure that the meat is sufficiently covered. Stir in the tomato paste and rosemary. Bring the mixture to a boil, then pop it into the oven to cook for about an hour.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and return to the stove top. Mash the butter and flour into a paste, and stir into the stew to thicken. Bring it to a boil; reduce and simmer for about 10-15 minutes. To serve, layer thick slices of crusty bread, rubbed with cut garlic, into bowls; ladle the stew on

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  • mommyluvs2cook 7 months ago Was this review helpful? Yes Flag
  • pleclare 4 years ago
    Yummy!
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    " It was excellent "
    lilliancooks ate it and said...
    Oh...and I also added 2 celery stalks to the veggie mix.
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    " It was excellent "
    lilliancooks ate it and said...
    I made this tonight and it was very good!!! The flavors were very hearty and this made a lot of thick rich gravy! I made a few changes due to personal preferences. I omitted the bacon to make it less fattening. I omitted the brandy because I didn't have any. I used 1 cup of wine instead of a whole bottle. And I subbed 2 bay leaves for the rosemary. I served this with homemade italian bread to soak up the delicious gravy! I added my photo! =)
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    " It was excellent "
    wttothemax ate it and said...
    Good one!
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  • artist92543 5 years ago
    Brandy?...wine?...fire?...beef?...you have me sold! Sounds mighty good to me!
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    " It was excellent "
    herby ate it and said...
    agree with everybody! Yum
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    " It was excellent "
    sparow64 ate it and said...
    Just wonderful! Thanks for sharing.
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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    Wow - how delicious and wonderful this looks. You get full credit! Thanks...:) Vickie
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    " It was excellent "
    lincolntoot ate it and said...
    At least take the credit for a great recipe post! This sounds delicious! 5 for me.
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    " It was excellent "
    lura ate it and said...
    Hi there CFF. Like the ones above. This really makes me hungry. I can almost smell the aroma. Thanks for the post. :)
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  • zoomom 5 years ago
    This sounds like a dream to eat! Can't wait!
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    " It was excellent "
    laadeedaa ate it and said...
    This is making me so hungry. Mmmmmm and yummmm and HIGH 5!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    wynnebaer ate it and said...
    Anything with bacon, beef, brandy, and wine in it is a winner in my book....:)
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    " It was excellent "
    lanacountry ate it and said...
    Ohhh this is just all AMERICAN..foodie food!!
    Thank you Arthur.. I have added this to a few
    of my very favorite groups!! HIGH HIGH 55555! :)
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Mmmm... Sounds really good, especially with brandy and red wine addition!
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    " It was excellent "
    brianna ate it and said...
    This sounds wonderful. Thanks for sending it to me
    Most definately 5 forks
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    delicous stew thanks high5
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  • kitchenwitchcooks 5 years ago
    Sounds good! thanx for sharing!
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