Monday, October 12, 2020

Daube de Boeuf À la Gasconne to Welcome you to #Choctoberfest

 This rich and delectable beef and root vegetable stew is slow braised in wine and then finished off with dark chocolate before serving over a pile of mashed potatoes.  What a perfect fall comfort meal!!

Daube de Boeuf À la Gasconne

It is my first recipe that I will be sharing this week as we celebrate a fun event that we call Choctoberfest!!

It's the best time of year: #Choctoberfest! I think we can all agree on one thing this year... 2020 needs more chocolate. #Choctoberfest is our annual celebration of chocolate recipes, now in its 6th year. I've teamed up with some talented food bloggers to share dozens of milk, dark, and white chocolate dishes for this year's virtual event. Plus, we've pooled our resources to bring you an exciting giveaway you don't want to miss!  Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter.

Daube de Boeuf À la Gasconne with wine

I know that I need a good amount of chocolate to survive all the hits that 2020 has sent our way.  You know what else I need a good amount of....Wine.   Thankfully October is also #MerlotMe month.  I opened a bottle to pair with this stew and it was amazing.  You can read all about it in my Wine Pairing Weekend post.

Daube de Boeuf À la Gasconne pin

While you will certainly find tons of sweet delights during this event, you will also be pleasantly surprised by the number of ways that chocolate can be used in savory dishes.  I will be participating each day and 3 of my recipes are savory, one is sweet and one is a cocktail.  So please make sure you stop by and see what is going on here at A Day in the Life on the Farm.  You will also be delighted with the offerings you find from the others.

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Entrees, Stews, Beef, Chocolate
Entrees, Beef, Stew
Yield: 4-6 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Daube de Boeuf À la Gasconne (Gascon-Style Beef Stew)

Daube de Boeuf À la Gasconne (Gascon-Style Beef Stew)

This rich and delectable beef and root vegetable stew is slow braised in wine and then finished off with dark chocolate before serving over a pile of mashed potatoes. What a perfect fall comfort meal!!
Prep time: 45 MinCook time: 3 HourTotal time: 3 H & 45 M


  • 3 strips thick cut bacon, diced
  • 2 lb. stewing beef
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 T. minced garlic
  • 2 carrots, scraped and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 2 parsnips, scraped and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1 Vidalia onion, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1/3 c. cognac
  • 2 c.  beef stock
  • 1 bottle light bodied red wine (I used Pinot Noir)
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 oz. dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 T. butter
  • 4 oz. mushrooms


  1. In dutch oven over med high heat, cook the bacon until crisp and fat is rendered.  Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate.  Set aside.
  2. Season the beef with salt and pepper and brown in the bacon drippings, cooking in batches if needed, and removing browned pieces to a bowl.  Set aside.
  3. Add the garlic, carrots, onions and parsnips to the dutch oven, season with salt and pepper,  and cook until slightly browned, about 10 minutes.  Add the cognac and deglaze the pan, scraping up any browned bits stuck to the bottom, until reduced by half.  
  4. Add the beef stock and wine to the dutch oven and bring to a boil.  Place the rosemary, parsley, thyme and bay leaf onto a piece of cheesecloth and tie shut.  Add this to the boiling liquid.  Return the beef and any collected juices to the dutch oven, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 3 hrs. until beef is fork tender.
  5. Melt the butter in a skillet over med high heat.  Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and cook until golden brown.  Set aside.
  6. Stir in the reserved bacon and chopped chocolate until melted.  Stir in the mushrooms and serve over mashed potatoes, if desired.


Recipe adapted from one found in Saveur:Soups and Stews
Created using The Recipes Generator

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  1. Chocolate and wine. Savory or sweet, it's a winning combo, right? Especially this year!

  2. One of my favorite ways of serving beef stew, over mashed potatoes. I bet the chocolate added an incredible richness.


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