My Cosy Kitchen Diary

15 October 2009


A typical Dutch Dish for Autumn

Living abroad, you sometimes forget the dishes you grew up on. Here is one I cherish and would not like to forget again:

400 gram stewing beef
salt & pepper
2 tablespoons flour
75 gram butter
2 big onions
2 bay leafs
2 cloves
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon of apple vinegar
300 ml hot water

Cut the meat in squares. Just before cooking season the meat with salt & pepper and toss, together with the flour, in a plastic bag. Shake till the meat is well covered.
Heat the butter in a pan still it almost starts to turn brown. Then fry the meat on a very high heat till all sides are brown.
In the meantime, slice the onions in thin slices and add to the meat together with the bay leafs and cloves.
Wait till also the onions get some colour, then while stirring (to avoid floury lumps) add the hot water, honey and apple vinegar.
Put a lid on the pan and let this simmer on a very low heat for a good three hours.

In The Netherlands this dish is traditionally served with chips and red cabbage.

PS  The taste gets better if the dish had a chance to stand for a few hours. So this is a perfect dish to make ahead. Can be frozen as well.

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