The original recipe is Belgian – if fact a recipe from Flandres or Flanders in English.
It is a recipe I adapted from a book I bought in Belgium many years ago.
The recipe is called Carbonnade flamande and uses pain d’ épices to thicken and flavour a beef casserole.
Belgian beer is used in the original recipe – I use Polish beer (piwo) – which is also a light coloured lager beer.
(When I went to my local Polish shop – they did not have the beers I normally use such as Żywiec or Tyskie, so I used the EB which was there & it was very good).
I use piernik – a Polish honey spice cake instead of the pain d’ épices.
I often slice up part of a piernik I have made and freeze this so I have some ready for this recipe.
500g of braising steak – cubed
2 onions chopped
2 – 3 slices of piernik (depends on the size)
500ml Polish lager
300ml vegetable or chicken stock (NOT BEEF) – can be from cubes or powder
1 bay leaf
Dried Italian herbs
2-3 grains of pepper
Sprinkling of salt
Oil for frying
Pre-heat the oven to GM4 – 180°C
You need an oven proof casserole dish with a tight fitting lid – I use an enamelled dish.
Fry the beef lightly and then put this into the casserole dish.
Add the chopped onions, herbs, bay leaf, peppercorns and salt.
Chop the piernik into cubes and add this to the dish
Pour the beer over to cover the ingredients – add some of the stock if necessary.
The rest of the stock is used to top up the dish as it is cooking (this is better than putting it all in at the start).
Cook at GM4 – 180°C, for 1 hour then turn the oven down to GM3 – 160°C and cook for another 2 hours.
More time many be needed or you can take it out and re-heat it at GM4 – 180°C for at least 1 hour the next day.
Serve here with steamed new potatoes.
To compliment the sweetness of this dish serve with something tangy such as