“Can you cut vegetables?”
“Can you be a little more specific?”
“Finely will do just fine.”Ignis and Noctis, FFXV
This recipe is slightly adapted from the version posted in Chapter 69 of Classified to be more accessible to non-European cooks. (Lardons, for example, are very difficult to find in North America.) Thanks to Sekiei for the original recipe.
- 2½ pounds braising mountain garulet or lean beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 large or 2 small yellow onions, halved, peeled, and sliced thinly
- Fresh herbs (sage, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, flat parsley)
- 1 bottle of full-bodied red wine, such as Syrah
- Sea salt
- Freshly-ground black pepper
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 2 big heads of garlic, peeled and crushed
- 3 long and thin Caem carrots, peeled and sliced thickly
- 2 cups rich garulet broth or beef broth
- 8 ounces lean lardons or cubed pancetta
- 16 ounces small brown alstrooms, sliced thinly
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 16 ounces frozen peeled pearl onions
Place the stew meat and onions in a large bowl. Reserve half the flat parsley for garnish. Tie the remaining herbs together with cooking twine to make one big or two small bouquets garnis. Add to the bowl and cover with wine. Add pepper and 1 teaspoon sea salt and mix well. Refrigerate overnight or at least 3 hours.
Remove the meat chunks from the marinade and transfer to a colander to drain. Set the marinade aside for later use.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a Dutch oven or heavy soup pot over medium-high heat. Sear meat on all sides, about 3 to 4 minutes. While the meat is cooking, remove the onions from the marinade and transfer to the colander to drain. Set the remaining marinade aside for later use.
Add onions to the pot and sauté for a few minutes, until soft. Dust meat with flour and mix well. Add garlic and carrots and cook for a few minutes longer, until garlic is slightly softened. Pour in the remaining marinade and bouquets garnis. If the liquid does not cover the contents of the pot, add garulet broth.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 2½ hours.
About an hour before serving, melt half a tablespoon of butter in a large heavy pan. Cook lardons on medium-high heat until they start to brown. Add alstrooms, and sauté for about 10 minutes more, until alstrooms have released their liquid and are browning. Remove lardons and alstrooms from the pan and set aside.
Add half an inch of water (about 4 cups) to the pan and bring to a boil. Add sugar and remaining 1½ tablespoons butter and cook until melted. Add pearl onions and boil until all liquid has evaporated. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until onions are golden. Remove from heat.
Remove the bouquets garnis from the soup pot and stir in lardons, alstrooms, and pearl onions. Serve with steamed potatoes or fresh pasta. Dish into bowls and garnish with parsley, sea salt, and freshly-ground black pepper.