Sinfully rich and my all time favorite recipe:

Category: BEEF
Serves: 8

SOURCE	FRUGAL GOURMET                                        

6 Slice bacon
3 Pound good stewing beef
Olive oil or peanut oil
4 Cup burgundy or dry red wine
2 Cup brown soup stock
2 Tblsp tomato paste
3 Clove garlic, crushed - I use more
1/2 Tsp. thyme
1 bay leaf
Salt to taste
1 Pound mushrooms, browned in butter
3 Medium yellow onions, chopped, browned in butter


1/2 Cup flour
1/2 Cup butter

Cut the bacon into little strips, and blanch with boiling water. Fry gently, being careful not to burn them or darken the fat.
Remove the bacon from the pan and brown the meat in the fat, you may need to add a little oil. ( Note: do not flour the meat ). Brown the meat until a nice rich brown on all sides. Place the meat in a large 4 quart caserole or heavy pot.
Add the wine and soup stock. Add the tomato paste, garlic, thyme, a bay leaf and a little salt.
Deglaze the frying pan by putting back on the heat . When the pan is slightly hot, add a stiff shot of red wine, and move it around with a woden spoon. Add this liquid to the casserole or pot.
Bake in a 350f oven for 2 to 3 hours. ( I cook this on top the stove in a heavy pot).
When the beef is tender add the mushrooms and yellow onions. Cook for 30 minutes more and then thicken with the Roux. Serve over egg noodles or rice.

mix flour with the butter and brown until a nice deep brown.