Beef bourguignon

Beef bourguignon

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 3 hrs, 15 mins

Skill level



Serves 4

This sumptuous, step-by-step recipe for slow-cooked stew from Gordon Ramsay makes a great winter supper

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Beef bourguignon only
  • Easily halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 3 tsp goose fat
  • 600g shin beef, cut into large chunks
  • 100g smoked streaky bacon, sliced
  • 350g shallots or pearl onions, peeled
  • 250g chestnut mushrooms (about 20)
  • 2 garlic clove, sliced
  • 1 bouquet garni (See know-how below)
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 750ml bottle red wine, Burgundy is good

For the celeriac mash

  • 600g (about 1) celeriac
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • rosemary and thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cardamom pod

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  1. Heat a large casserole pan and add 1 tbsp goose fat. Season the beef and fry until golden brown, about 3-5 mins, then turn over and fry the other side until the meat is browned all over, adding more fat if necessary. Do this in 2-3 batches, transferring the meat to a colander set over a bowl when browned.
  2. In the same pan, fry the bacon, shallots or pearl onions, mushrooms, garlic and bouquet garni until lightly browned. Mix in the tomato purée and cook for a few mins, stirring into the mixture. This enriches the bourguignon and makes a great base for the stew. Then return the beef and any drained juices to the pan and stir through.
  3. Pour over the wine and about 100ml water so the meat bobs up from the liquid, but isn’t completely covered. Bring to the boil and use a spoon to scrape the caramelised cooking juices from the bottom of the pan – this will give the stew more flavour.
  4. Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Make a cartouche: tear off a square of foil slightly larger than the casserole, arrange it in the pan so it covers the top of the stew and trim away any excess foil. Then cook for 3 hrs. If the sauce looks watery, remove the beef and veg with a slotted spoon, and set aside. Cook the sauce over a high heat for a few mins until the sauce has thickened a little, then return the beef and vegetables to the pan.
  5. To make the celeriac mash, peel the celeriac and cut into cubes. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Tip in the celeriac and fry for 5 mins until it turns golden. Season well with salt and pepper. Stir in the rosemary, thyme, bay and cardamom pods, then pour over 200ml water, enough to nearly cover the celeriac. Turn the heat to low, partially cover the pan and leave to simmer for 25-30 mins.
  6. After 25-30 mins, the celeriac should be soft and most of the water will have evaporated. Drain away any remaining water, then remove the herb sprigs, bay and cardamom pods. Lightly crush with a potato masher, then finish with a glug of olive oil and season to taste. Spoon the beef bourguignon into serving bowls and place a large spoonful of the celeriac mash on top. Garnish with one of the bay leaves, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2008

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Tilia's picture
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I agree with both Gunlomboy and Helers: I needed some flour and I didn't add any water. It was indeed very tasty. I cooked it for 3 hours the day before. The next day tasted even better!

gunlomboy's picture
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This always tastes good, and is SO easy! I always coat the beef in seasoned flour before browning which gives the sauce a lovely silky thickness. I also only used red wine, no water or stock.


helers's picture
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The reason for 4 rather than 5 stars is it need, in my opinion, some flour. I used 1 large chopped onion and saved the shallots for garnish, I added about 1tbs of flour to the onion/bacon/garlic mix and then added the wine . I also did not add the mushrooms to the stew but cooked them in butter and again added them for garnish. Excellent recipe and shin is so cheap. Will make again but with my tweaks

vanessa86's picture

Managed to impress my in-laws and other dinner guests with this delicious and yet simple meal. I doubled everything, except the wine and it easily served 6 hungry people. After reading comments, I expected the sauce to need thickening but after leaving it in the oven for a further 45-50 mins (on the lowest temp my oven can go), it was perfect and the meat simply melted in our mouths. Can't wait to cook it again!

lizleicester's picture

I used beef stock instead of wine and it wasn't nearly as tasty (although still good!)

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lula's picture

Cooked this one evening in advance to get those richer flavours -really beautiful. As so many people suggested that the 'sauce' needed to be thicker I added just a small touch of flour. The recipe does state to remove the meat near the end of cooking and to cook the sauce alone to thicken it -this does work. Definitely keep those meat pieces as big sized chunks. I made the mash too but added 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic as I was finishing frying the celeriac. Served with roasted chantenay carrots with a drizzle of oil, 2 whole garlic gloves, cumin seeds and a touch of honey- delicious!! Cook this recipe, you won't be disappointed. Thank you Gordon!

lizleicester's picture

Good, tasty and warming. Keeps out the cold.

satutatu's picture

Absolutely divine! Made as per the instructions and it was mouthwatering. Even very discerning guests were very impressed! Lots of compliments & that's saying something. Didn't have celeriac so served with roasted garlic mash & it was perfect! It's a keeper for dinner parties! Love love love it!

LRamirez's picture

I love this website and all the service. It would nice to have the printer friendly option though!!

barfly99's picture

Would like to make double the amount and freeze the rest. Anyone know how long you could keep it frozen?

angjoe84's picture
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My beef bourginoun just out fom the oven 30mins ago, is my first time making it & taste really good, , ,i only use 500ml of wine &I have add corn flour after 2hr in the oven then put back in for 1 more hour to thick them up, , , ,yum yum yum , definitely make this one again :-)

claire_elise's picture

This is absolutly delish ! So easy to make and just yummy ! I did ommit the onions ( partner has a phobia about them ! ) and I did thicken the sauce up with corn flour right at the end. Cooked correctly, the meat just melts in your mouth ! Full on flavour ! I will cook this again,again, again and again !

samantha.jones's picture

Well worth the wait! and delicious

raquelquefois's picture
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Excellent dish that is rich and tasty! I needed to thicken sauce but really tasty! Kids love it!

djhorner's picture
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Yum Yum

essence2013's picture
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Made this for someone who is a qualified chef and had tasted this dish in France. He said this recipe tasted better that the French restaurant! So brownie points scored!

beckyboo444's picture

Have just finished this for my mum and dad, it was really tasty I didn't use as much wine as stated but was still scummy would definitely cook again.

vincentbaasch's picture

Just served this recipe for friends for the first time. Huge compliments all round. Trust this recipe with confidence. Thank you Gordon!

julius's picture

Delicious but added soya and teryaki sauce since it needed more seasoning. Meat just melted so would recommend extra quantity of meat. Cooking it a day before works very well too.