This classic stove top beef stew recipe is perfect for a nice dinner or lunch.
This hearty beef stew is a traditional French beef stew recipe called “Boeuf carottes”.
Although in need of cooking for a long time, this beef stew doesn’t take long to prepare so you won’t slave for hours in the kitchen. The best part about this stew is that it’s both delicious and easy to make.
About the wine
If you are following the Autoimmune Protocol, you probably know that alcohol (like drinking a glass of wine) is not compliant. But in this recipe, the wine is cookde so the alcohol is being cooked off. So according to Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, so long as the alcohol is cooked off, it is fine (for further information please read her article on alcohol and AIP). Also bear in mind that, as she oultines herself, alcohol is not the only culprit in wine. You can also be sensitive to the yeast or sulfites content in wine.
Conclusion : the decision regarding wether or not use wine in this recipe is up to you, according to your own sensitivities. If you are afraid of using it, just omit it as explained in the recipe.
What is a bouquet garni?
A bouquet garni is a bunch of herbs used for flavoring stews or soups. The herbs are usually tied together but as you will see on the pictures below, we didn’t tie them up together. As we figured it wouldn’t be very difficult to fish them out before serving.
In France, you can buy bouquets garnis already prepared for you at the grocery store or at the market. But here we used herbs from the garden. So it was a homemade bouquet garni. As you can see on the picture on the left for this recipe, we used 6 bay leaves, about 5 small thyme branches and one rosemary branch. Do not hesitate to adjust the herbs quantities to your own taste: the making of a bouquet garni is not an exact science (at least not in Bea’s kitchen ????).