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Carbonnade A La Flamande

3 lb Chuck or bottom round
1/3 lb Salt pork
5 lg Onions; sliced
4 tb Butter
1 pt Gueuze* 1 cup beef stock
1 Garlic clove; crushed
1 tb Vinegar
1 ts Sugar
1 ts Thyme
1 Bay leaf

*Gueuze is a mixture of old and young lambic beers, which are a spontaneously fermenting style of wheat beer unique to Belgium.

Render half of salt pork. Cut beef into 2 inch chunks and brown in pork fat. Saute onions in butter until transparent and lightly colored. Combine in a 4 quart casserole. Pour liquid from meat into a measuring cup. Remove the grease, then add enough beef stock to make one cup. Render the balance of the salt pork and add flour to make a roux. Add stock and drippings and whisk and bring to a boil. Add beer and bring to a boil again. When the mixture is thick and smooth, add the garlic, vinegar, sugar, thyme, and bay leaf. Pour it over the meat and onion mixture and add salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then transfer it to a heavy covered casserole and bake it for two hours at 325 degrees. Before serving, sprinkle heavily with chopped parsley. Serve with plain boiled potatoes.

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