Spicy beef carbonade (modified)

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 pounds Sirloin tips or stew beef
¼ pounds Bacon (chopped) *NOTE: I used about 4 slices of canadian bacon, instead
2 larges Onions (chopped)
4 \N Cloves garlic (minced) *NOTE: I doubled the garlic...just 'cause I like garlic <g>
1 tablespoon Olive oil *NOTE: I omitted ....definitely not needed
1 tablespoon Brown sugar
1 tablespoon Red wine vinegar
1½ cup Dry red wine *NOTE: Had about 1 cup of dry, so used Marsala to complete amount ... worked fine
1 tablespoon Chili powder *NOTE: I was out of this, so substituted Indian Red Pepper
1 teaspoon EACH rosemary, thyme, oregano
2 \N Bay leaves
1 dash Tabasco sauce or habanero sauce* *NOTE: Ummm...about 10 dashes of Tabasco <g>
\N \N Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons Cornstarch *NOTE: Stir cornstarch into a little bit of water first. This will keep it from lumping when added to the pot.
2½ cup Hot beef broth (no fat) *NOTE: I used 3 cups...the extra replaced the fat for sauteing
½ teaspoon Cayenne* *NOTE: I doubled this, of course.

ORIGINAL INSTRUCTIONS: In a large flameproof casserole dish (we used a dutch oven), add bacon, olive oil, onions, and garlic. Saute until tender.

Add beef, sugar, vinegar, wine, broth, chile, herbs, Tabasco, salt and pepper. Place lid on dish to keep in juices. Cook on high for 10 minutes, then reduce to simmer for 1 hour (we cooked at least 1½ hours due to the cut of meat we used). Remove lid, discard bay leaves, mix in cornstarch.

Add a little more wine, cook on high for 10 minutes, stirring often until thick. Serve over rice or pasta.

* Ken suggests making this as hot as you like.

NOTE: The only thing I did differently was to use some beef broth to saute the onions. This was great served over noodles. Next time I will not make it so hot and I will steam some vegetables separately to place on top of the noodles before spooning the beef mixture on top. Not only will this serve to cut down on the fat content even further, but I think the added flavors of the vegetables will enhance the dish. Since it is stew-like, broccoli, carrots and potatoes, etc. would work very well with it. Enjoy :)

Posted to Digest eat-lf.v097.n015, by cbmcam@... on Thu, 16 Jan 1997.

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