Cook up a batch of one of these comforting beef dishes the next time you're craving a hearty main course. These recipes are originally grand-mere cuisine, the family-style, cottage cooking that is so popular in home kitchens throughout France and Canada. They make an ideal addition to winter menus and cozy get-togethers with friends and family.
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There are so many recipes out there for classic beef Burgundy, or boeuf Bourguignon. Here is the traditional version that you are likely to have encountered at some point in your life. Universally enjoyed, this slow-cooked beef stew is the ultimate comfort food.
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This beef tourtiere recipe is a savory, all-beef version of the traditional Quebecois Christmas meat pie. In classic style, a generous splash of red wine and the mildest hint of cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon warm up the meat and potato pastry. Its hearty flavor, slightly reminiscent of a beef Burgundy pastry, makes it ideal for serving as a casual supper on a chilly evening.
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Catalan food is at once rustic and refined. This Catalonian meatballs recipe is the perfect example of that; it is a dish you would expect to find at an out-of-the-way country inn or a Michelin-star restaurant. Try serving it over hot rice or just-cooked couscous to soak up the delicious, red sauce.
Chateaubriand is a juicy-on-the-inside, seared and roasted beef tenderloin with wine sauce frequently ordered for a table of two at French restaurants. This chateaubriand recipe is the traditional version of the restaurant favorite, seasoned very simply, roasted to perfection, and then sliced on the diagonal. Be sure to make the quick shallot and wine sauce and serve the meal with chateau potatoes for authenticity.
This stew is a wonderful dish to make early in the day – or even a day ahead of time – to allow the complex flavors to mellow and develop. Keep in mind that the beef and vegetables in this recipe must be marinated for 12 to 24 hours before you even start the cooking process.
Flemish beef stew, or carbonnades flamandes, is the national dish of Belgium. Hearty and satisfying, this recipe takes less than two hours to prepare, and is nice enough to serve for a sit-down family meal. Add a crisp green salad, roasted potatoes, and a bottle of wine for a spectacular feast worthy of an upscale auberge du terroir on a chilly evening.
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This herb crusted rib roast recipe is a classic in French kitchens. Dredged in a medley of herbs and a touch of garlic, this roast beef is roasted in high heat and then finished off in a medium-hot oven until it is cooked to tender, flavorful perfection. Layering thin slices of onion over the meat halfway through the cooking process is the secret method that imparts flavor and keeps the beef moist.
This pot au feu recipe is a classic French comfort dish. It takes the better part of an afternoon to prepare, but is low maintenance and makes the house smell absolutely wonderful. No doubt it’s the perfect recipe to use when entertaining guests.
This mouthwatering Lyonnaise steak recipe showcases juicy, custom-seared sirloin steaks served with a special, caramelized onion garnish and Lyonnaise-style golden potatoes. Add a crisp, green salad, fresh baguettes, and a good bottle of wine to the table for an amazingly delicious, yet simple meal.
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