Beef and Burgundy Casserole

Beef and Burgundy Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 3 lbs. lean chuck or round steak cut in 2″ cubes
  2. 2 Tbsp. butter
  3. 2 Tbsp. bacon fat
  4. 3 Tbsp. flour
  5. pepper and salt to taste
  6. 1/2 – 1 tsp. dried basil or 1 Tbsp. fresh
  7. 1/2 – 1 tsp. dried oregano or 1 Tbsp. fresh
  8. 1 clove garlic, minced
  9. 1 2/3 cups water
  10. 1 lb. tiny white onions, parboiled and peeled
  11. 1 lb. sliced mushrooms, sauteed (optional)
  12. 2 lb. baby carrots
  13. 1 cup burgundy or other dry red wine
  14. 2 Tbsp. butter
  15. 1 Tbsp. sugar
  16. 3/4 cup Madeira wine or sherry
  17. 1/4 cup brandy
Instructions
  1. Heat butter and bacon fat in a large heavy skillet and brown beef. Place in large casserole. Add to skillet: bacon fat, flour, salt and pepper, basil, oregano and garlic. Stir until flour begins to brown. Slowly add water and stir until thickened. Add burgundy and stir until sauce is smooth. Pour over meat, cover and bake at 300 F. for 3 hours.
  2. In a skillet, melt butter and stir in sugar. Add carrots and onions and stir frequently until slightly browned. Add to casserole with sauteed mushrooms and Madeira. Cover and cook at 300 F. for 30 minutes. Stir in brandy just before serving. Serve with crusty rolls to 8 delighted guests.
  3. Enjoy! (Page: 112)
Instructions
  1. Heat butter and bacon fat in a large heavy skillet and brown beef. Place in large casserole. Add to skillet: bacon fat, flour, salt and pepper, basil, oregano and garlic. Stir until flour begins to brown. Slowly add water and stir until thickened. Add burgundy and stir until sauce is smooth. Pour over meat, cover and bake at 300 F. for 3 hours.
  2. In a skillet, melt butter and stir in sugar. Add carrots and onions and stir frequently until slightly browned. Add to casserole with sauteed mushrooms and Madeira. Cover and cook at 300 F. for 30 minutes. Stir in brandy just before serving. Serve with crusty rolls to 8 delighted guests.
Notes
  1. Enjoy! (Page: 112)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. lean hamburger 500 g
  2. 1 cup chopped onion 250 mL
  3. 1/2 cup chopped green pepper 125 mL
  4. 1 cup sliced mushrooms 250 mL
  5. 1 - 28 oz. can tomatoes and juice 796 mL
  6. 1 handful spaghetti, broken 1
  7. 1 cup water 250 mL
  8. 1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning 7 mL
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese 250 mL
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Instructions
  1. Brown hamburger and onions. Mix in green pepper and mushrooms and cook for a few minutes. Add tomatoes with juice, broken spaghetti and water. Stir. Add spices. Cover and cook about 15 minutes, or until spaghetti is tender, stirring occasionally. Add cheese and stir until melted. Serves 4-6.
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