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Beef Bourguignon Simplified

The classic “Beouf Bourguignon” was popularized outside of France in the 1960s by Julia Child in her best selling cookbook,  Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  It was re-discovered by Gen-Xers through the film Julie & Julia,  where  Julie, a young food blogger, attempts to perfect Child’s exacting recipe. 

Forget searching all over town for pearl onions or lardons.  Why not try this simpler method and use the time you’ve saved to sample some of the wine you’ll be cooking with. 

Beef Bourguignon

The classic “Beouf Bouguignon” was popularized outside of France in the 1960s by Julia Child in her best selling cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Why not try this simpler method and use the time you’ve saved to sample some of the wine you’ll be cooking with.   
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 280kcal
Author: Kevin Lamoureux

Ingredients

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 1 rib celery chopped
  • 8 small potatoes whole, skins on
  • 0.5 cup all-purpose flour
  • 0.5 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds cubed beef chuck or stewing beef
  • 4 tbsp lard
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 6 white mushrooms quartered
  • 1.5 cup Burgundy or other full bodied red wine
  • 1.5 cup beef broth
  • 4 tbsp chili sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 0.5 tbsp dried thyme
  • 0.5 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 300F
  • Heat half the lard in a large skillet and brown the onions, carrots, celery and potatoes. Cook about 5 minutes then transfer to a Dutch oven or casserole dish.
  • Pat dry the beef cubes with paper towels. Combine the flour and ground black pepper in a bowl then toss the beef cubes in this mixture until fully coated.
  • Add the rest of the lard to the skillet and brown the beef on all sides.
  • Transfer the beef to the casserole dish.
  • Add the mushrooms and garlic to the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes. Add about ¼ cup of the wine to deglaze the pan. Transfer to the casserole dish.
  • Mix the chili sauce with the beef broth and cover the casserole ingredients with the remaining broth and wine.
  • Stir in the thyme and bay leaves, cover and cook for about 3 hours at 300 F or until the meat and vegetables are tender. Garnish with fresh parsley

Notes

Use Dutch oven, which is an enamel coated cast iron casserole dish such as those made by Le Creuset or Cuisinart for a more even heat and less sticking.  If you substitute the more tender and learner sirloin for the stewing beef or chuck you can reduce the cooking time by at least 30 minutes. 

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