Baeckenoffa (Beef, Pork and Lamb Stew)

Title: Baeckenoffa (Beef, Pork and Lamb Stew)
Categories: Main dish
Yield: 6 Servings

500 g Boned shin of beef, trimmed
— weight ( 1 lb 2 oz)
500 g Boned shin of pork, trimmed
— weight
500 g Boned shoulder of lamb,
— trimmed weight
7 dl Dry white Alsace wine
— (3/4 qt)
1 1/4 kg Potatoes (2 3/4 lb), peeled
— and sliced (1/2 in thick)
800 g Leeks (1 3/4 lb) (trim,
— discard the greenest
— parts, split the leeks
— lengthways,wash and dice)
80 g Goose fat or lard (3 oz)
750 g Onions, thinly sliced
— (1 1/2 lb)
1 ‘bouquet garni’, with
— plenty of thyme
10 Peppercorns, crushed
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
5 dl Chicken stock (18 fl oz)
1 Calf’s foot, blanched and
— cut into 3
2 tb Flour
Freshly ground pepper

Cut each type of meat into 6 even pieces. Put them into 3 separate bowls
and sprinkle generously with white wine. Cover the bowls and refrigerate
for at least 12 hours. Preheat the oven to 160 oC (325 oF). In a flameproof
earthenware casserole, heat the goose fat over low heat, put in the onions
and sweat for several minutes. Lay the leek on top of the onions, then the
potatoes. Add the ‘bouquet garni’, peppercorns and garlic and arrange the 3
meats separately on top, one type to the left, one in the middle, one in
the right. Pour over the marinade and the remaining whine. Salt lightly,
add the chicken stock and lay the pieces of calf’s foot on top. Put the lid
on the casserole. Mix the flour with a little cold water to make a soft
paste. Spread this paste between the top of the casserole and the lid to
make an airtight seal. Cook in the low oven for 4 hours. Present the
casserole at the table just as is. Break the seal and lift off the lid.

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