Cato's Beef Bourguignon
about a 1/3 pound bacon
2 or so pounds stew beef, lamb, or goat
1) Start warming your pot on the stove and add some olive oil, quarter cup or so, and the chopped bacon.
2) Cook until the bacon has released most of its fat.
3) Take your chopped up pieces of stew meat and toss them in a bowl with enough flour to coat. Around a half cup or so.
4) Add floured meat to pot and stir well. You want all your meat to slowly brown and the flour to form a roux (makes the sauce thicker and better later) with the fat - but you don't want it all to burn. A nice mid-low heat.
Notice the 'in action' spatula.
Stir so it does not burn. When you are ready to add the wine, make sure to carefully add the precisely measured amount of red wine as demonstrated below:
Add some thyme, salt, black pepper. Ye olde herbs de provence is nice. And let simmer for a few hours. Stir it periodically so nothing can find a way to stick to the bottom. And I think that the food likes it if you come say 'hi' to it and stir it periodically. It makes it remember that you care. At first the smell and color will be very wine-y and raw. But that will gradually go away and it will turn a nice pink and make your whole house smell delicious!
Notice the color change from the first picture.
Now, Cato says to serve this with some farro - just cook it in a pot like pasta - and I agree with him that it would be great. Also a nice big piece of crusty bread would be wonderful. No potatoes my ancient cooking friends! Nein! That is a new world crop! Cato says to use a 1:1 ratio bacon to meat, so feel free to change my recipe to be like that if you want ... it would be good ... and rich ...
Good News: Cato says that either a slave or free man can cook this.
Bad News: Cato says that no woman may eat this or even look at it! Oh no! Women turn off my blog! Do not look at the pictures! Oh no! I have violated Cato's direct order! Seriously, women, stop looking at the pictures. Seriously. Women! Stop looking!
Enjoy, men! I will try to find a recipe both sexes can eat, or even look at, next time!