Carbonade flamande

Carbonade flamande

Carbonade, served with fries
Type Stew
Place of origin  Belgium
Main ingredients Beef, onions, beer, thyme, bay
Cookbook: Carbonade flamande  Media: Carbonade flamande

Carbonade flamande, alternatively spelt carbonnade[1] or à la flamande[2]) (in Dutch Stoverij or Stoofvlees) (in English, Flemish Stew) is a traditional Belgian, French Flemish, Northern Brabantian and Zeelandic Flemish sweet-sour beef and onion stew made with beer, and seasoned with thyme, bay leaves and mustard. Mushrooms or spiced bread can also be added. The term carbonade may also refer to a dish of grilled pork loin and certain beef stews cooked with red wine such as beef bourguignon in the east of France,[3] but is more commonly associated with the Belgian dish.

The type of beer used is important, and traditionally an Oud bruin,(Old Brown Beer) Brune Abbey beer or Flanders red is the beer of choice with a somewhat bitter-sour flavour.[4] In addition to this and to enhance the sweet-sour flavour, just before serving, it has a small amount of cider or wine vinegar and either brown sugar or red currant jelly stirred in.[4][5]

It is often accompanied by french fries or boiled potatoes.[4][6]

It is available in most friteries and many restaurants in Belgium.

See also


  1. entry in the Trésor de la langue française informatisé).
  2. Principia Gastronomica - Carbonnade Flamande (accessed 22 June 2008)
  3. Larousse Gastronomique 2001, ISBN 978-0-600-60235-4
  4. 1 2 3 Van Waerebeek, R., Everybody Eats Well in Belgium Cookbook (1996), ISBN 1-56305-411-6.
  5. (French) Canalblog-Recipe Carbonade Flamande (accessed 22 June 2008)
  6. BBC Recipe Database - Carbonnade Flamande (accessed 22 June 2008)
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