Pot Roast Carbonnade
Recipe courtesy of Melissa d’Arabian, Food Network

  • 1/2 pound slab bacon, cut into large lardons
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef chuck, cut into large cubes
  • 5 carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • Generous tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces beer (dark or light, depending on your preference)
  • 6 prunes
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup beef stock­­
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

In a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat, add the bacon and cook until it renders its fat and almost becomes crispy. Remove it with a slotted spoon to a plate. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and cook over low heat until they are deep in color and caramelized, about 30 minutes.

Remove the onions to a plate, leaving as much fat in the pot as possible. Add the vegetable oil and mix it with the bacon fat. Raise the heat to high. Season the beef liberally with salt and pepper and sear, in batches, until nicely browned on both sides.

Once the meat is browned, add the first batch of meat back to the pan along with the onions, carrots and bacon. Sprinkle in the flour and stir. Cook for 1 minute before deglazing the pan with the beer. Add the remaining ingredients and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover the pot and put it in the oven to braise until the beef is tender, about 2 hours. Remove the pot from the oven and transfer the pot roast to a serving dish.

Beer: Duchesse de Bourgogne Flemish Red Ale
This Belgian stew is traditionally paired with a Oud Bruin or Flemish Red. Try this with the benchmark style from the Belgian Brewery Verhaeghe. The Duchesse is a refreshing sweet and sour ale matured in oak casks; smooth with a rich texture along with an interplay of passion fruit, chocolate, and a long, dry and acidic finish. After the first and secondary fermentation, the beer matures in oak barrels for 18 months. The final product blends 8 month old beer with the 18 month old beer, giving the Duchesse de Bourgogne an average age of 12 months.
Wine: Domaine Vincent Paris “Les Côtes” St Joseph 2011 (click through to its pricing)
This dish is reminiscent of the classic Boeuf Bourguignon. Traditionally, this stew was paired with a red Burgundy; however the smoky essence of the bacon turns our tastebuds to the France’s Rhone Valley. This St Joseph is 100% Syrah and bursts from the glass with the classic aromas of dark fruit, spice and olive tapenade. Vincent Paris is a master at coaxing a freshness out of his full-bodied wines, leaving the finish clean and your palate salivating for more.