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French Colonial Beef Stew

Caribbean cooking has so many different influences and cooking styles. Take for example, this delicious French Colonial Beef Stew has been passed on from the kitchen of the family’s French ancestry. Just goes to show – the Caribbean is really a melting pot.

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French Colonial Beef Stew Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs lean beef
  • 1/2 lb salt pork, cubed
  • 24 small onions
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup chopped parley
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar

How to Make French Colonial Beef Stew:

  1. Cut beef into 2″ cubes. Season with salt, pepper and garlic. Set aside for about one hour. Then place a large skillet over heat and fry salt pork until crisp. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. Then saute onions until gently brown. Remove onions, set aside and brown beef. Then in a large casserole. Add thyme and bay leaf.
  3. Heat wine and pour over meat in casserole, stir and cover. Cook in preheated oven at 250F for about 2 and half hours. After one and half hours check liquid and if necessary and some warm stock.
  4. Just before removing from oven, slice mushrooms and add to stew. Cook for about another 15 minutes. Serve in large platter, arranging onions and mushrooms on top of meat.

Recipe by:Yolande Cools-Lartigue author of The Art of Caribbean Cooking.

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