Baeckoffe – Alsation meat and vegetable stew

serves 6 – looks like an american sized 6. From Saveur 1000 recipes.


  • 450gms boneless beef chuck cut into 4cm pieces
  • 450gms boneless pork shoulder cut into 4cm pieces
  • 450gms boneless lamb shoulder trimmed and cut into 4cm pieces
  • 3 cups dry white wine
  • 0.25 cups fresh flat leaf parsley leaves finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons juniper berries
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 medium yellow onions thinly sliced
  • 2 small leeks trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 0.25 cup rendered duck or goose fat or butter
  • 1,350gms yukon gold potatoes peeled and sliced
  • 450gms thick cut bacon
  • 1 cup flour, plus more for dusting


Place beef, pork and lamb in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Add wine, parsley, juniper berries, garlic, bay leaf, onion, leeks and thyme; mix together and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days.

Heat over to 175C, rub dutch oven with fat. Layer potatoes, marinated meat and vegetables in the pot, seasoning between each layer with salt and pepper and ending with a layer of potatoes. Pour in remaining marinade and arrange the bacon, overlapping the slices slightly, over the top.

Mix flour with 5 tablespoons of water in a bowl, transfer to floured surface and knead briefly into a dough. Roll dough into a rope and transfer to rim o pot; press to adhere and cover with lid. Bake for 3.5 hours. Using a paring knife break the seal, discard the rope and lift lid to serve.



  1. Other recipe book recommends 150C in the oven, so plan to compromise with 160. Also won’t be using lamb unfortunately this time.


  2. Worked out fine and very easy to make. Added some extra water before cooking in order to try and cover teh potatoes but wonder if this was really necessary. However the amount added was not so much. Bacon on top helped as well, and not so expensive. Only problem was that the amounts above are still probably too much for six people.


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