(Makeup) ffwD: beef chuck daube with carrots & macaroni


So here’s my actual “makeup” French Fridays with Dorie post: beef chuck daube with carrots & macaroni that was assigned back on November 30, 2012. (I’m guessing I skipped it before because I was still on a Thanksgiving food hangover.)

Dorie’s original recipe calls for beef cheeks, but I couldn’t find those and used the suggested beef chuck alternative instead. However, thinking this dish would be similar to Dorie’s “my go-to beef daube” from December 2010, I had the butcher cut up my beef chuck into one-inch pieces. Wrong move. This daube calls for larger cuts equaling half a pound each, four pieces total. Oh, well.

I didn’t have a bottle of Syrah on hand, but I found a bottle of BBQ red wine, whatever that means, to use for the braising. The daube turned out rather tasty but smelled amazing after I added the bittersweet chocolate. The melted chocolate gave the beef’s sauce a nice richness which paired well with the hearty macaroni, but I’d probably serve this over rice in the future.

This beef chuck daube with carrots & macaroni was made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

47 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Geraldine Saucier
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 23:01:05

    This looks delicious. I think I skipped it. I will have to go back and make it.

  2. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 23:11:58

    I thought about this one, but ended up with chicken basquaise since I didn’t think I’d be able to locate the beef cheeks and our weather was about 115. I’m still late at posting. This looks terrific and I will have to try it.

  3. Hotly Spiced
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 23:13:05

    I’d like to try a sauce with some chocolate in it. Beef cheeks are readily available in all butcher shops here because they’re very much in fashion. They’re a great cut of meat but you have to be very patient because they need to cook slowly over a good few hours xx

  4. Alice
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 23:48:05

    Looks great! We all liked this one at our house when we made it!

  5. Choc Chip Uru
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 00:03:51

    I would like to try this saucy dish for my brother πŸ˜€


  6. Raymund
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 01:04:55

    Cheeks or chuck that dish looks delicious and hearty!

  7. Anita Menon
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 03:38:26

    wonder if this can be recreated with chicken. Looks delish.

  8. Ei
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 04:43:59

    Good one. This is the only pot roast/beef stewey type of dish I’ve ever made that I liked. Or maybe it’s just the knowledge that there’s chocolate in it makes me look at it more favorably. Tough one to call.

  9. TrafficDiva
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 05:51:14

    This looks like a “yummy” alternative to stew that my granny made!! But I think the best part is that there’s CHOCOLATE in the sauce!!!! OMGood! =)

  10. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 06:05:33

    Wine braised meat is the best. Love this!

  11. Tammy
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 06:39:04

    It looks great although not many eat meat in my house. I used to put cocoa in my chile recipe.

  12. foodfashionandflow (@FoodfashinFlow)
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 08:47:15

    This looks very tasty. I don’t eat beef that often, but this looks like a great way to prepare it.

  13. Katerina
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 11:17:56

    This sauce sounds amazing!

  14. ashley
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 11:31:33

    Mmmm my kind of meal right here! The sauce just looks and sounds ridiculously good!

  15. Monica
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 12:40:52

    That looks amazing – with chocolate!!

  16. tastytreats13
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 13:00:45

    Yum! This looks very delicious!

  17. Natalie
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 15:24:33

    Such a flavorful and hearty dish!

  18. apuginthekitchen
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 15:51:21

    This dish sounds really delicious. I have never had chocolate in a sauce (to my knowledge) I can imagine how rich and complex it is. I also have never had cheeks, chuck sounds like a perfectly reasonable sub. I think I would like with mashed potatoes too!

  19. Edible Celebrations (@lavesta)
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 16:15:28

    I’m not sure why cheeks or chuck would make a difference. This French stew is a classic and I too would make it with whatever beef was handy. Th addition of chocolate is new to me but I’m sure it added great flavor and depth. Macaroni wouldn’t be my choice either, I think rice or mashed potatoes would be perfect!

    Thanks for sharing, Yummy…

  20. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 19:21:53

    This looks like a rich and delicious dinner, I am definitely going to save it for the winter time to enjoy on a cold night! πŸ™‚

  21. Zoe
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 19:31:56

    This comforting dinner will be perfect for our nearly-ending winter. This looks delicious!

  22. Daniela
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 19:58:36

    Mmh, this looks so good and I love the idea of adding some chocolate flavor,sounds delicious!

  23. Norma Chang
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 20:53:51

    I do not see beef cheeks in our food market either. Like the idea of adding chocolate to the sauce.

  24. GiGi Eats Celebrities
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 22:28:30

    That beef looks SINK YOUR TEETH IN fantastic! I am drooling over here πŸ™‚

  25. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 00:36:48

    I would love to try beef cheeks! The red wine substitute sounds interesting yummychunklet, and the dish looks great πŸ™‚

  26. Karen Xavier
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 02:34:54

    Woah, that’s something… my husband would love that! He loves beef, me, not so much. I would probably add potatoes in the dish, so I could get something to eat too… but this looks so good!

  27. lemongrovecakediaries
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 04:21:12

    Chocolate I’m in …. simply magnificent! I really want to try this recipe!

  28. Gloria
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 04:55:05

    I love macaronis!!!

  29. Emma (Fluff and Fripperies)
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 05:53:56

    I have to stop coming here when I’m hungry! Looks absolutely divine xo

  30. kitchen flavours
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 08:55:42

    This looks good! And that is such a pretty plate!

  31. cquek
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 09:00:25

    look absolutely fantastic

  32. markd60
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 13:13:16

    Un be leee vable how you can make me hungry, even after I just ate.

  33. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 13:39:59

    Excellent make up dish! This one is worth repeating!!!

  34. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 15:37:45

    My kids love any dish with macaroni and I’d love to eat this beef chuck. Looks good! We’ll be very happy eating this. πŸ™‚

  35. trevorsisboom
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 20:45:32

    Oooh, I forgot about this one and had to go look. Yup…this one is a good one for sure! Almost, but not quite, makes me ready for fall. But not yet. But close.

  36. Carolyn Jung
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 21:44:37

    My husband, aka Meat Boy, would be all over this. And no doubt, quite content after he polished it off. πŸ˜‰

  37. moderngirlnutrition
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 23:12:25

    Wow! Great job as always! ❀

  38. Sharon
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 04:51:06

    The sauce looks so yummy πŸ™‚ My boyfriend would love it if I made this!

  39. SandraM
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 06:29:05

    This sounds and looks delicious. Great meal for the cooler months coming.

  40. Beth
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 06:42:33

    Your daub really looks great. I’d give it a try!

  41. Jenn and Seth
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 10:27:46

    this looks incredibly delicious and full of flavor – I’ve gotta try this!

  42. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 10:53:30

    This is so different from any recipe I’ve ever made.. I love the addition of chocolate!

  43. Nik@ABrownTable
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 13:39:02

    This looks like a great beef recipe! The macaroni makes it extra special.

  44. I WIlkerson
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 14:55:29

    I’m thinking perhaps over egg noodles. My favorite chuck roast recipe ever had red wine in it too (but no chocolate)

  45. Alison
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 10:32:48

    As always, this looks perfect and sounds great. I love the chocolate addition!

  46. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 07:01:53

    Wow – this looks like a super delicious comfort food! Yum!

  47. Amelia
    Aug 31, 2013 @ 09:29:06

    Your comfort food look really good. πŸ™‚

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