Friday, December 3, 2010

FFWD My Go-To Beef Daube

So glad to start the December recipes for French Fridays with Dorie. Another month where we get to pick the order of what we make. I love the choice of recipes this month and, am especially looking forward to the Speculaas. I chose the Beef Daube last night. I have been quite busy this week (as I would guess everyone is at this time of year) and needed a recipe I could put together and forget about for a little while. This is also the kind of recipe that I will get a few meals out of.  That will be lovely tonight, after a long day of putting up Christmas lights. The aroma was wonderful and was a great dish to have on this very cold day in NJ.  At first when I looked at the recipe and saw it called for brandy and a whole bottle of wine, I kind of hesitated. I had promised myself to try each recipe as was written. I was disappointed I didn't do that with the Pumpkin Flans. The wine added so much flavor and tasted sooo French!  I could picture myself sitting in a cosy little french bistro, enjoying this dish. This is true comfort food. This recipe took more time than I thought in preparation. If I were more organized I would have had all my prep done in advance but, today was not one of those days. I started cooking before I had all my veggies cut. This dish moved so quickly, once I started cooking, that I had to take the pot off the stove, while I finished the prep of the veggies. Once in the oven, it took care of itself! My liquid did not evaporate.  The taste was delicious. So satisfying. I served it with a nice crusty bread and a salad. By the time this finished cooking, I had cleaned up the kitchen, had a cup of tea and was relaxing.  What a nice way to end a very busy day! Bon Appétit!!

This recipe can be found in the new Dorie Greenspan book 'Around My French Table'.

Bacon  ready to saute

Browning beef

Beef and vegetables mixed before entering the oven

The Beef Daube just out of the oven

Relax and enjoy…a nice glass of red wine would be great with this.


  1. This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for the tip about how fast it goes. I do a lot of my prep while I'm working, so sometimes recipes get ahead of me!!

  2. Wow, that does look delicious! I think I might try this tomorrow - and I tend to get ahead of myself by trying to chop & cook at the same time, too, so good to know I'd better slow myself down a bit beforehand.


  3. This looks sooooooo good! Especially your final shot! Now, I'm really excited to make this.

  4. I can only hope mine looks as good! Yum!
    Trevor Sis. Boom.

  5. Your stew looks wonderful and so comforting! Thanks for the tip on advance prepping!

  6. I can only imagine the wonderful smell of this stew!
    I have to take the advantage of my dad who is visiting, because he likes to be helpful in the kitchen. Yes, it takes him several hours to chop the veggies, but I give him enough time before I start cooking.

  7. Lana, I always had my mom help with the prep work. She loved to help and it gave her something to do. Some of my most memorable times, with my mom, happened while she was helping me in the kitchen. To everyone, thanks for the very nice words. I am so enjoying hearing from all of you!

  8. This made me so hungry.I'm going to give this a try soon.I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this Beef Daube widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about beef daube,Thanks!

  9. That looks fantastic! I'm now looking forward to making this dish even more.

  10. Your daube looks really great. I also made this recipe but used up lots of leftover added family really loved it. And I agree, it was a fairly quick, simple, and satisfying stew that I could make often during the colder months.

  11. I enjoyed reading your post. It's been cold here the last week and seeing your
    photos just makes me want to make this right now.

  12. This was my choice for this week. We loved it & you are so right about the wine..."sooo French" !! I was surprised at how quickly it went, also.

    Your anise cookies look divine!