Have you ever eaten at a restaurant that says 'Dish of the Day' but it's not stated in the menu? I thought it would be interesting to find out what the chef would present to their customers as Dish of the Day.
For me, I was just into a one-pot meal where it can make one happy and very satisfied with all the flavours of the dish in it. I decided to go for Jacques Pepin's Beef Stew in Red Wine sauce from Chez Jacques: Traditions and Rituals of a Cook.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
- In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, melt the butter in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Arrange the meat in the casserole in a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 8 minutes.
- Add the chopped onion and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, 5 minutes.
- Add the flour and stir to coat the meat with it. Add the wine, bay leaves and thyme, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pot.
- Cover the casserole and transfer it to the oven. Cook the stew for 1.5 hours, until the meat is very tender and the sauce is flavourful.
- Meanwhile, in a saucepan, cover the
pancettaback bacon with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain the pancettaback bacon and slice it 1/2 inch thick, then cut the slices into 1-inch-wide lardons.
- In a large skillet, combine the
pancettaback bacon, pearl onions, mushrooms and carrots. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/4 cup of water and a large pinch each of sugar, salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until almost all of the water has evaporated, 15 minutes. Uncover and cook over high heat, tossing, until the vegetables are tender and nicely browned, about 4 minutes.
- To serve, stir some of the vegetables and lardons into the stew and scatter the rest on top as a garnish. Top with a little chopped parsley and serve.
I love how this one pot dish looks. It is perfect for a cold and windy day. Mr G didn't quite like the taste of this beef stew given its strong red wine flavour. Yeah you probably guessed it. He's a beer lover Haha!! But everything on his bowl was emptied :)
I'm submitting this post to I Heart Cooking Clubs - Le Plat Du Jour.