Carbonnade Flamande #SundaySupper

I would first like to start today’s post by saying that my thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Sandy.   I realize that many of you can’t even read this today, but I hope the people that can will take some of the recipes listed below and make a big batch to share with friends/family/people in need.  

Today’s #SundaySupper theme couldn’t come at a better time.  When Isabel, our fearless Sunday Supper leader, asked me to host this week I was honored.  I picked a season appropriate theme – dishes to keep you warm; a soul warming #SundaySupper.  Little did I know three weeks ago how important this theme would be now.  

We have over 50 contributors bring their best dishes, we have soups, stews, chilis, main entrees, and even something sweet to eat and drink! 

I’m bringing you one of my favorite stews, Carbonnade Flamande – a Flemish Beef Stew.  We first had this in Belgium, I believe it was in Brugges on our honeymoon.  Tender chunks of meat, slow cooked with a dark Belgian ale and finished with brown sugar and cider vinegar for a little tang. Perfect to sop up all the Belgian frites that were served on the side! 

My husband is not a big stew fan, but this is one dish he always enjoys when I whip it up.  Okay whip might not be the right word, it does take about 4 hours of your time but that 4 hours is worth every minute. 


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Carbonnade Flamande #SundaySupper
 
Traditionally this is made with stew meat, I've updated the recipe a bit by swapping it out for tender short ribs. When you get your short ribs, be sure to ask your butcher to cut them into 1 rib sections, it makes browning them easier, as does serving.
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Belgian
Ingredients
  • 3lbs bone-in short ribs, cut into 1 rib sections
  • 3 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 12oz dark Belgian ale (see note about type of beer)
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef stock
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard or cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Pat your short ribs dry with paper towels and generously season on both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Using a dutch oven, over medium heat melt 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil.
  3. Working in batches, dredge the short ribs in the flour, shaking off excess and brown on all sides in the dutch oven. Remove and continue with remaining ribs. Add another tablespoon of butter in between batches and adjust heat if necessary.
  4. Once all the short ribs have been browned, melt the remaining tablespoons of butter and add the sliced onions.
  5. Cook the onions for about 15 minutes, making sure not to brown them, but soften them to the point that they just begin to caramelize. Pour in the beer and scrape the bottom of the pot.
  6. Nestle in the short ribs amongst the onions and beer and pour the beef stock so that the meat is almost completely covered. Add the fresh thyme and bay leaves, cover and let simmer for 2½ to 3 hours or until the short ribs are fork tender.
  7. Five minutes prior to serving, mix together the mustard or vinegar and brown sugar in a small bowl and mix it into the stew. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Serve with a bowl of frites, mashed potatoes or Belgian's version of mashed potatoes stoemp.
  9. This dish tastes even better a day later, so feel free to make this ahead of time to serve for later.
Notes

The best beer to use for this dish is a Belgian abbey ale such as Chimay Bleue or Rouge or an American-style Belgian beer such as Ommegang Abbey ale, which is what I used. Abbey ales are malty with a nice sweetness to them but are higher in alcohol than most beers found in the U.S.

Now here’s that long list of soul warming dishes I told you about! I also hope you’ll join us for our weekly twitter chat tonight at 7pm EST!

Main Entrees: 

Chili/Stews:

Soups:

Desserts/Beverages:

Join on us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper.  In the evening we will meet at 7pm EST for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat. 

All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.

We’d also love to feature your Sunday Supper Soul Warming Recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.

 
 

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33 Comments

  1. Wonderful post Susan! The carbonnade looks incredibly moist and flavorful. Thanks for hosting today!

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  2. Mmmm…short ribs. Love them. Your dish looks delicious with the short ribs, gravy, and mash.

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  3. These ribs look mouth watering. This is going to make my leftover soup for lunch not as amazing since now all I want is beef.

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  4. Almost every week at the grocery store I look at short ribs but never buy them. I’ve been looking for the right recipe and this looks like it is the one. What a wonderful dish.

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  5. Susan, Thanks for hosting this week. Such a great roundup of recipes. This sounds fantastic. Next cold spell I am making this!

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  6. Susan~ I am so glad you and your family were safe during the storm. I am so honored to have you host this fabulous event! This recipe looks absolutely amazing. I can not wait to try it… my husband will love it!

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  7. I’m volunteering now to take your leftovers. Just in case.

    Thank you for hosting such a fabulous #SS!

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  8. Wow!! I am so making this tomorrow night! Mondays are my night to cook big meals. Yum!!!!

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  9. Oh my gawsh…this is my definition of soul-warming comfort food – YUM! Beautiful. Thanks so much for the fitting theme this week :)

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  10. Love short ribs…an awesome substitution for stew meat!

    Thank you for hosting #SundaySupper today! And yes, the theme is so timely! I hear there’s a Nor’easter coming this week….ugh.

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  11. Oh my, that is killing me. It looks so good. Thanks for hosting an amazing #SundaySupper.

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  12. Your dish looks amazing and it will be on our list this fall/winter season :) Thank you so much for hosting :)

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  13. I learned something new today because I had no idea what carbonnade flamande was (I was guessing steak in some way – I was right with the beef at least!). I also enjoying cooking with beer, so I’ll have to try this one! Thanks for being a great hostess this week :)

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  14. Susan, you’ve been a fabulous host this week and I absolutely love this theme. It’s so appropriate for both the season and for the events happening in the world (the devastation of Hurricane Sandy). I can see how your hubby is a big fan of this dish – it sounds and looks AH-MAZING! We love stewing/braising short ribs so this is definitely going on my to-cook list.

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  15. I can’t believe I have never made a recipe with short ribs. This looks like a great way to start. Thanks

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  16. This looks so good! I am a beef stew loving girl and I LOVE that you added beer to your stew. Will have to try that next time I make stew. :)

    Thank you so much for hosting this week.

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  17. This looks delicious. I love beef stews. I will have to try this recipe.

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  18. Such lovely presentation, Susan! And so flavourful too! I’m loving the ingredients :-) Thank you for hosting Sunday Supper this week!

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  19. Oh my word I can only imagine how tender and juicy and flavorful this stew is. I am soooo hungry right noooow!

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  20. Susan, this is one gorgeous dish. I just want to dig right in. I love the idea of spreading the love through food. Happy #SundaySupper! You were an amazing host.

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  21. Thanks so much for hosting! Perfect theme for this chilly autumn day…wish I could share with those still homeless due to the hurricane. Your stew looks awesome…I can only imagine how wonderful your house smelled while this was braising!

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  22. Yum! I loved this as a kid, never knew it had such a fancy name ;-)

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  23. Thank you for hosting this great event Susan. Can I just say, this dish looks amazing. I love short ribs and add some beer to it and you got me. You got me good. I wish I could be eating a big bowl of this right now. Making me hungry.

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  24. You’ve did a beautiful job of hosting this past week’s event! Your dish looks wonderful – perfect for this past week’s warming topic! I typically add red wine to my short ribs, but I love, love, love the idea of adding beer instead. I’m totally making this for my meat-loving family!!

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  25. OMG, I can almost smell and taste this! And I’m craving it and the warmth right now!

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  26. I agree that the presentation and composition is lovely (very inspiring as well). You did a wonderful job with the most recent Sunday Supper.

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  27. Thanks for hosting! So many awesome recipes!

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  28. Susan, thanks so much for hosting this wonderful theme and sharing this delicious recipe!

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  29. this stew looks and sounds fabulous – love it!

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  30. This is an incredible dish. There’s a restaurant called Petite Abeille (a few locations here in the city) and they make this dish extremely well.

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  31. Thanks for hosting! Sorry it’s taken me so long to make the rounds! This looks amazing–you know, I often stick with quick and easy recipes, but the most rewarding ones are like this–maybe little more involved and simmer for hours–but definitely worth the effort!

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