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Belgian Carbonnade Flamande – Flemish Stew

Cooking Method
Difficulty Intermediate
Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 25 min Total Time: 40 mins
Servings -3
Calories 610
Best Season Suitable throughout the year

I enjoy food from around the world, especially stews. Belgian Flemish Stew or Carbonnade Flamande is certainly one of my favourites. You can meat a beef and beer stew cooked to perfection.

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  • 1 pound (1/2 kilo) stewing beef
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 slices bacon, sliced (I use a maple bacon)
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup malt beer (I use Belgium malt, but you can use ale as well.)
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 2 medium sprigs of thyme or 1 tsp of dried
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 medium bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley or 1 tsp of dried
  1. Add the beef, flour, salt, and pepper to a mixing bowl. Mix until the beef is coated.

  2. Add half the butter and the oil to a pan over high heat. Place the beef in and fry until browned. You want a bit of a sear on it. Place it into the pressure cooker or set aside on a plate.

  3. Place the bacon ( save a bit for garnish) in the same pan and fry until the fat is rendered and the bacon is on the crisp side.

  4. Add the other half of the butter to the pan and place the onion and garlic in. Reduce the heat and cook for about 20 minutes until the onions caramelize.

  5. Pour in the beer, turn the heat back up, and deglaze the pan. Simmer until the liquid reduces to about 1/4.

  6. Add the beef and bacon to a pressure cooker. If you are using a pan, add the beef to the bacon. 

  7. Pour in the beef stock. Add in the thyme, sugar, vinegar, bay leaves, and half the parsley. 

  8. Place a lid on the pressure cooker and cook for 25 minutes. If you are using a pan, place the lid on and simmer over medium low for about an hour. 

  9. Plate, garnish with the remaining parsley and bacon. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Servings 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 610kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g57%
Cholesterol 161.96mg54%
Sodium 675mg29%
Potassium 958.98mg28%
Total Carbohydrate 20g7%
Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Sugars 8g
Protein 43.01g87%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.

Keywords: Beef Stew, Belgian Recipe, Dinner Ideas, Beef Recipe
David Hood
A Food Blogger

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Hey, I’m David Hood And I’m so happy you’re here!! So many of my favorite memories in life seem to take place around the table, especially when surrounded by people I love. And of course, all the better when nourished by some seriously delicious foodHappy Cooking! 

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