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Recipe from: Collection of Pete Romfh
¼ pound bacon
2 pounds yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
3 pounds beef stew meat, cubed
2 cups good dark beer
chopped parsley for garnish
Coarsely dice the bacon and sauté it in a large skillet until crisp and brown. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve. Add the onions to the skillet and cook them in the rendered fat until tender, about 20 minutes. Uncover the skillet, raise the heat, and sprinkle the onions with the sugar. Toss and stir them until they are well browned. Transfer onions to a strainer set over a bowl and let stand while you prepare the beef.
Stir together on a plate the flour, thyme, salt and pepper, and roll the cubes of meat around in the mixture until well coated. Shake off the excess and set the cubes on another plate.
Press the onions gently with the back of a spoon to extract as much of the cooking fat as possible. Transfer fat to a kettle. Add additional fat in the form of vegetable oil if it appears you will not have enough for proper browning of the beef. Be sparing, however, or the carbonnade will be greasy.
Set the kettle over high heat; when the kettle is very hot, add 6 to 8 beef cubes. Do not crowd them in the kettle or they will not brown properly. Turn the heat down slightly and continue to cook cubes until browned on all sides. Transfer them with a slotted soon to a clean plate and proceed with the browning until all the meat is done.
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Pour the beer into the kettle and use a spoon to stir up all the browned bits on the bottom. Return beef cubes to the kettle along with the bacon and sauteed onions. Bring to a simmer on the stove. Cover and set on the middle rack of the oven.
Cook for 1 ½ hours, stirring occasionally, or until stew is reduced and thickened and meat is tender. Regulate the oven temperature as needed to maintain a moderate simmer.
Taste and correct seasoning. Turn stew out into a heated serving dish, garnish with chopped parsley, and serve immediately. Serve with egg noodles tossed with butter and poppy seeds, sauteed apples and black bread. Serve the same beer you used in the stew.