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Cooking time: 100 minutes for menu Cooking schedule: see below for instructions
If you buy a log (rather than slices) of goat cheese for this, just rewrap it. It will keep for a few weeks in the fridge... If you don't eat it for snacks. You can use Guinness for the beef, although this recipe is not a proper 'Beef in Guinness', but any beer will do, although dark will be more flavorful. You should be able to buy single cans or bottles.
Total time: 45 minutes
The sweetness of the caramelized shallots and onions is perfect against the slightly sharp flavor of the goat cheese. Walnuts are a traditional pairing with the cheese.
Total time: 90 minutes
I cooked the beef for 90 minutes and it was meltingly tender. I used sirloin, but you can use a cheaper, tougher cut and braise a bit longer if you want, another 30 minutes. The beer does an excellent job of tenderizing. This is a traditional dish from Flanders.
Total time: 40 minutes
Mashed potatoes with cabbage, bacon and butter... In poorer times this would have been a meal, rather than a side dish. We'll have it as a side dish for 2 meals; first mashed, then fried.
When the potatoes are done drain and mash. Add the butter and milk. Mash together. Consistency should be of soft mashed potatoes. Add more milk if needed. Stir in the bacon and cabbage. Mix well and serve.
Cooking Schedule: 100 minutes for menu