Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Beef Bourguignon: It's What's for Dinner

1 tablespoon good olive oil
8 ounces center cut bacon, diced
2 1/2 pounds chuck beef cut into 1-inch cubes
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound carrots, sliced diagonally into 1-inch chunks
2 yellow onions, sliced
2 teaspoons chopped garlic (2 cloves)
1/2 cup Cognac
*1 (750 ml.) bottle good dry red wine
1 can (2 cups) beef broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature, divided
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 pound frozen whole onions
1 pound fresh mushrooms stems discarded, caps thickly sliced
For serving:
Egg noodles
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, optional
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is lightly browned. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a large plate.
Dry the beef cubes with paper towels and then sprinkle them with salt and pepper. In batches in single layers, sear the beef in the hot oil for 3 to 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove the seared cubes to the plate with the bacon and continue searing until all the beef is browned. Set aside.
Toss the carrots, and onions, 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of pepper in the fat in the pan and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the Cognac, stand back, and ignite with a match to burn off the alcohol. Put the meat and bacon back into the pot with the juices. Add the bottle of wine plus enough beef broth to almost cover the meat. Add the tomato paste and thyme. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and place it in the oven for about 1 1/4 hours or until the meat and vegetables are very tender when pierced with a fork.
Combine 2 tablespoons of butter and the flour with a fork and stir into the stew. Add the frozen onions. Saute the mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of butter for 10 minutes until lightly browned and then add to the stew. Bring the stew to a boil on top of the stove, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Season to taste.
Serve over warm egg noodles and garnish with fresh parsley.
*I used 2 cups of chicken stock and 2 cups beef broth instead of the red wine.
This is one of the best beef stews I have ever tasted. I made it last year and did a post, but had to do another because it is soooo good. Of course I'm using my new blue pot!


  1. Yum!!! I have always wanted to make this but never have. My weakness is finding good recipes, so thank you for sharing yours! My husband is going to LOVE this.
    hugs, Suzanne
    P.S. You always have the best music. Think this one will be on my playlist too.

  2. I thought the recipe looked familiar... I will be over later for a glass of wine and a big serving!! :) xoxo

  3. I remember this one and I remember saying I had made it a few times out of Tyler's book but I must have gotten a tough piece of meat once and hadn't made it in a while.

    Enjoy your pot! Hah.

  4. Yes, you have to get a big piece of chuck. It is a little fattier, but oh so tender!

  5. It is 11:20 pm and you have me salivating...