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A French Beef Stew Recipe

Daube de Boeuf À la ProvenÇal

A delicious beef stew recipe
great for family meals and entertaining

A French beef stew recipe which in France is known as Daube, is a traditional family meal.

beef-stew-recipeFrench Beef Stew

And believe me there is nothing quite like it!

It is called daube because of the old earthenware container it was cooked in.

There are variations of this beef stew recipe but they are all fantastic.

It is best started the day before as it improves in flavour.

As it is a meal made ahead, it is perfect for entertaining.

It is also a favourite meal eaten on Christmas Eve in France with all the family together.

Important Tips For Beef Stew Recipe

1. This beef stew will serve approximately 6 family members or friends.

2. Find directions for a bouquet garni here.

3. Always keep your marinade over night in the refrigerator.

beef-stew-marinadeBeef Stew Marinade

4. To brown meat it is necessary that the meat is dry. Use a paper towel to dry off your beef pieces after removing them from the marinade before placing in a hot skillet to brown. Wet meat will steam, but it will not brown nicely the way you want it to.

browning-beefBrowning Beef In A Skillet

What To Serve With This French Beef Stew?

Your delicious beef stew recipe is wonderful served with creamy mashed potato, polenta or sauteed potatoes. Parsley covered carrots also go really well with it.

And of course a glass of red wine such as Burgundy will complete your meal! 

Enjoy this delectable beef stew recipe as it is well worth the planning ahead!

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A French Beef Stew Recipe

A French Beef Stew Recipe

Judith Coates
Prep time
35 Min
Cook time
4 H & 20 M
Inactive time
12 Hour
Total time
16 H & 55 M
This delicious beef stew recipe is wonderful served with creamy mashed potato, polenta, or sauteed potatoes and parsley covered carrots


Entire Beef Stew
  • 4 lbs (1.8kg) stewing beef cut in thick chunks.
  • 8oz (225g) streaky bacon or salt pork, diced
  • 1 bottle of a good red wine such as Burgundy
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 carrots, thickly cut
  • 2 large onions, thickly sliced
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, peeled, de-seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • Bouquet garni
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 small onion studded with 4 cloves
  • Grated rind and juice of one orange (optional)
  • 3 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • A handful of black olives (optional)


How To Marinade
  1. Place the pieces of beef together with the chopped carrots, onions, studded onion, and bouquet garni in a large non-metallic bowl.
  2. Pour the red wine over the ingredients in the bowl and leave to marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
Next Morning
  1. Next day remove the pieces of beef from the marinade and dry with paper towels. (They need to be dry as they will not brown if left wet)
  2. Heat the olive oil in a deep heavy-bottomed frying pan and brown the pieces of bacon. Place them in a large heavy-bottomed casserole dish.
  3. Now brown the pieces of beef, a small amount at a time, and place these also in the casserole dish.
  4. Add the rest of the marinade to the pan.
  5. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat and simmer for about four hours. The marinade will reduce by about 3/4 but you can add a little water if it reduces too much. It should be a good consistency and not watery.
  8. Add a handful of black olives and some grated rind and juice of one orange if you like but it is equally good without.
  9. Your delicious beef stew recipe is wonderful served with creamy mashed potato, polenta, or sauteed potatoes. Parsley covered carrots also go really well with it.
  10. And of course, a glass of red wine such as Burgundy will complete your meal!


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