Beef Bourguignon

3 lb Cubed Stew Beef
1-1/2 cups Brandy
2-1/2 cups Red Wine
1/2 cup Butter
1/2 lb Whole Mushroom
1/2 lb Pearl Onion
4 tbs Tomato Paste
2 Cloves Chopped Garlic
1 Bay Leaf
1/2 tsp Thyme
One 10.5 oz Can Beef Stock
1/4 cup Flour

*** Marinate beef in 1/3 of brandy and red wine for at least 1 hour. Turn occasionally. In large heavy skillet heat half the butter until foamy. Mix together flour with salt and pepper to taste. Roll beef cubes in flour, place in hot butter and brown, removing cubes as they are done. In separate skillet, heat remaining butter; add onions; stir, cover and simmer over low heat 2 min. Add mushrooms, turn up heat and sauté 3 minutes. Remove from heat; add tomato paste, garlic and 1 tbs flour. Mix until smooth. Add remaining brandy, red wine, beef stock, bay leaf, thyme, salt / pepper to taste. Boil, reduce heat. Simmer 15 min Add beef and simmer 1-1/2 hours.

Yield: 6 Servings

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana