Beef Carbonnade


  • 2lb beef, braising steak or similar
  • 4 t oil or lard
  • 2 small onions finely sliced
  • 5 small shallots peeled
  • 4 t flour
  • 4 t red wine vinegar
  • 12 fl oz guinness
  • 4 fl oz water
  • parsley and thyme
  • 2 garlics
  • 5 slices baguette cut on diagonal
  • dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper


  1. Cut meat in small squares and sear in hot oil in flameproof casserole - can do it in pan and put in large pyrex with lid to go in oven.
  2. Remove meat, add onions, garlic and shallots and fry 3 to 4 mins. until colored slightly.
  3. Add flour then guinness and bring to a boil, stirring to incorporate flour. Add water also.
  4. Reduce heat when it comes to the boil and add meat back. Add parsley and thyme.
  5. Cover and put in oven at 300F for 2 hours.
  6. Spread bread with mustard on one side and put on top of beef, mustard side up.
  7. Cook uncovered at 425F for 15 mins.


  • 2 meals for 2 people
  • Add carrots if desired
  • Can cook on top of the stove at low heat making sure it does not boil

© Lisa Miner 2017