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French Fridays with Dorie: Go-to beef daube

For this week’s French Fridays with Dorie, I chose to post her “go-to” beef daube (pp 244-245) from the list of recipes we are making in December.

Dorie explains that her daube might not be a daube-proper (a beef stew cooked in wine in a deep casserole dish or a daubière) for some French people because it contains carrots though the food dictionary at Epicurious describes it as:

a classic French dish made with beef, red wine, vegetables and seasonings, all slowly braised for several hours. Every region in France has its own version of daube, sometimes made in a special, very deep, covered pottery casserole called a daubière.
Whatever you call it’s it downright delicious. I followed Dorie’s recipe faithfully and used carrots and parsnips. Neil suggested it might be good with potatoes in it too but I prefer to serve them on the side.

This was rich and comforting and it lasted ages – well longer than for 6 servings – we ate it with rice, potatoes, egg noodles, vegetables and one time, I simply took the end of a fresh baguette and used it to mop up the sauce.  I love that Dorie describes the colour of the wine-braised beef as “burnished, the colour of great-grandma’s armoire” – it *so* is!

It’s a recipe I will make again and again – less labour intensive than a boeuf bourguignon but no less flavourful.  Dorie – this is a winning dish. Thank you!

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A few people have asked for recipes from my French Fridays with Dorie entries.  The group does not publish the recipes on our blogs, rather, we would prefer it if you would purchase the book yourselves (trust me, you definitely want this book!) which you can do here on Amazon (great price right now) or here on Amazon Canada (it’s also on special!).

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37 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Go-to beef daube

  1. eatgreek.net December 17, 2010 at 06:50 #

    it looks so yummy!!!

  2. Belinda @zomppa December 17, 2010 at 07:47 #

    Looks so tender and succulent and beautiful!!

  3. Stephanie December 17, 2010 at 09:20 #

    That looks scrumptious. That’s the kind of meal I crave all Winter long — so comforting and warm.

    And I’ve added Dorie’s cookbook to my wish list. I keep seeing her recipes throughout the web and everything looks delicious. :-p

  4. Kate @ Diethood.com December 17, 2010 at 10:26 #

    Ooooh I can eat that! I need to eat that asap! Thank you for sharing.

  5. sippitysup December 17, 2010 at 10:36 #

    I totally agree with you! Potatoes on the side. Roasted and crackly and on the side! GREG

  6. stephirey December 17, 2010 at 10:57 #

    Oh, your stew photos came out so beautiful! I agree, this is a winner and a keeper. I made mine with her herb spaetzle and it was so yummy!

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite December 18, 2010 at 09:07 #

      Oooh – I have yet to make spaetzle but it’s on my list! Would go perfectly with this!

  7. Roxan December 17, 2010 at 13:41 #

    Oh my, this looks so hearty and delicious. Totally comfort food, and good for the soul. It looks like one of those dishes that are even better the next day as leftovers!

  8. Liz December 17, 2010 at 16:37 #

    I loved this dish! Beautiful photos~

  9. Mr. Neil December 17, 2010 at 22:35 #

    It *was* winning.

    And even better with the spuds. ;-)

  10. Amanda December 17, 2010 at 23:40 #

    Totally loved this recipe!

  11. kateiscooking December 18, 2010 at 08:55 #

    YUM! Between Ethan’s post on the potato leek soup and this one, I’m ordering her book! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :-)

  12. lee December 19, 2010 at 00:13 #

    I want to try this recipe – I have the cookbook! May I inquire what type of wine did you use? thank you

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite December 19, 2010 at 00:20 #

      I am pretty sure that I used a Malbec from Argentina, a bit of a “fruit bomb” as my husband (and in-house sommelier) would say and nice colour and not too high in alcohol. Hope that helps! Enjoy!

  13. Lana December 19, 2010 at 05:34 #

    I am so happy that I joined this group! The book is phenomenal! So far I loved every single recipe I tried.
    Your photos are beautiful (as usual). And it IS hard to photograph the stews.
    I hope you are enjoying MC:)

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite December 21, 2010 at 09:06 #

      Yes it is hard to photograph stews but this one worked out ok! I am also loving the “no fail” factor of the book :-)

  14. penny aka jeroxie December 19, 2010 at 05:49 #

    This is the perfect dish for weekdays. There is enough of leftovers for lunch!

  15. Anna Johnston December 20, 2010 at 15:58 #

    I’m really getting into some of these French Fridays with Dorie, love her twist on these recipes. Excellent Mardi.

  16. Mark December 21, 2010 at 22:25 #

    Excellent job. I love making stews with these ingredients. The food looks amazing. Thanks.

  17. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction December 26, 2010 at 18:20 #

    This looks fabulous! I am (finally) catching up on some blog reading since we are snowed in at home (with very little snow, but canceled plans “just in case”). It’s blustery and cold out, though, and I would love to settle in with a bowl of your stew!

  18. Shirley January 1, 2011 at 11:49 #

    It looks wonderfully warming for this time of year, and really hearty yet simple.

  19. cat January 2, 2011 at 17:16 #

    i’m going to have to just break down and buy the cookbook already. this looks like a great simmer-on-the-back-of-the-stove-all-afternoon-while-i-do-other-things kind of winter meal.

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