Beef Ragoût with Blue Croutons

Ingredients for 4-6 servings

1 1/2 lbs (680 g) stewing beef, cut into 2” cubes 
1 bay leaf 
1 cup (250 mL) dried Porcini mushrooms 
3/4 cup (175 mL) red wine 
2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil 
1 cup (250 mL) beef stock 
2 tbsp (30 mL) all purpose flour 
2 onions, peeled and sliced 
1 clove garlic, chopped 
2 carrots, peeled and chopped 
2 cups (500 mL) canned diced tomatoes 
1/4 cup (50 mL) fresh parsley, chopped 

Blue Croutons 
8 slices French baguette, cut in large cubes 
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil 
1 – 125 g package Castello® Noble Blue Cheese 

Beef Ragoût with Blue Croutons


Place stewing beef cubes in a bowl with the bay leaf, wine and porcini mushrooms. Cover, place in refrigerater and allow to marinate 2 hours or overnight. Drain stewing beef cubes and reserve the liquid. In a medium saucepan, add olive oil and beef, cook on medium heat until brown. Remove beef cubes, add onion and garlic to saucepan and cook until transparent. Stir in flour, cook until brown, stirring frequently. Add beef stock, reserved marinade and continue cooking until mixture thickens. Return beef to saucepan and add diced tomatoes with their liquid. Cover and simmer for two hours or until beef is tender. 

Brown baguette cubes under broiler and brown both sides. Place ragoût in individual oven safe serving dishes or casserole. Top with croutons and Blue Cheese then broil just 
until cheese is melted. 

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