Beef Chuck (1)
Savory, dry (2)
Wine, dry red (3)
Wine Vinegar, red
Beef Broth (4)
Onions, tiny (5)
Prep - (13+ hrs - 30 min work)
Run - (4 hrs)
- Trim BEEF as needed and cut into cubes about 1-1/2 inch on
- Crush GARLIC moderately. Slice ONIONS thick.
Chop CELERY coarse.
- Mix all Marinade items and massage into beef. Package
in a non-reactive bowl, or polyurethane bag. Stash in the fridge
for at least 12 hours. Turn now and then.
- Peel TINY ONIONS. Scald them for one minute in rapidly
boiling water, then chill in cold water. Cut just a little
off the top end, peel back the dry layers and cut off. Cut as little
as possible from the root end so the onion will remain intact with
- Peel CARROTS and cut into chunks about 3/4 inch long
(see Note-7). Mix with peeled Onions,
bag and refrigerate until needed.
- Fish BEEF out of the marinade and drain well. Keep all
- In a spacious sauté pan (see Note-7),
heat Oil. Fry Beef until all exuded liquid has
evaporated and beef is lightly browned on all sides.
- Pour Brandy over the Beef and light it off. Stand
back, and use great care, it'll nearly explode.
- Pour Marinade over the Beef. Bring to a boil, cover
tightly and simmer slowly until Beef is reasonably tender. This could
be as little as 1 hour or as much as 2, depending on size of cubes,
toughness of cut and length of time in marinade. Don't simmer too
long - beef chunks need to be firm enough to remove intact from the
sauce. They'll get more cooking later. Make sure it does not run low
on liquid - liquid should nearly cover the Beef, add wine or broth
- Fish Beef out of the pot and set aside, retaining all
- Strain the sauce, squeezing the solids so as to get as much
flavorful liquid as possible. Discard the solids, and if there is
excessive fat, defat the liquid using your gravy separator. Return
liquid to the pan.
- Mix Flour with 1/3 cup of cold Beef Broth until
there are no lumps. stir into the rest of the Beef Broth until
well blended. Stir Broth into the Sauce until well
- Return Beef to the pan and stir in Carrot mix.
Bring to a slow simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are
cooked through. Be careful the sauce doesn't get too thick.
Add a little more broth if needed.
- Season to taste with Salt.
- Serve hot with Pasta. The traditional pasta for this is
Macaronade, much like our small macaroni but much longer and gently
curved. For details see our
European Pasta and Noodles page.