Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Burgundy)--aka "Mushroom Meat" at our house!
¼ lb. salt pork 2 lb. lean beef cut into 2” cubes
1 ½ t. salt coarse ground pepper
2 T. flour 1 ½ c. apple cider or white grape juice
1 clove garlic, crushed 1 lb. pearl onions, peeled
1 lb. mushrooms 1 Tablespoon parsley
3-4 large carrots 1 bay leaf
½ t. thyme
½ t. thyme
Place all the ingredients in a large slow cooker. Cook on high for about 6 hours or low for about 8. Skim off fat and remove bay leaf. Sprinkle with additional parsley, if desired.
I use frozen pearl onions when I'm short of preparation time. I also substitute bacon for the salt pork.
Makes 4-6 servings.
Serve with French bread and a green salad.
French Bread--aka "Symphony of Crackle" (from Ratatouille)
6 cups flour 1 Tablespoon cornmeal
1 Tablespoon yeast 1 egg white
1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 Tablespoon water
2 cups warm water
If you prefer to use a bread machine, follow the manufacturers directions to prepare the dough.
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast and salt. Stir in 2 cups warm water, and beat until well blended using dough hooks in a stand mixer. Stir in as much of remaining flour as possible.
On a lightly floured surface, knead in enough flour to make stiff dough. Knead for about 8-10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Shape into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
Punch down dough and divide in half. Roll each half into a large rectangle; roll up from long edge. Moisten edge with water and seal. Taper ends.
Lightly grease a large baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place loaves, seam side down, on prepared baking sheet. Lightly beat egg white and water and brush on. Cover with a cloth and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degree F. With a sharp knife, make 3 or 4 diagonal slashes across the tops of the loaves. Brush again with egg white mixture. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until bread is nicely browned and sounds hollow when tapped.
Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.