Beef bourguignon

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 3 hrs, 15 mins


Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Beef bourguignon only
  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal571
  • fat32g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre8g
  • protein42g
  • salt1.47g
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  • 3 tsp goose fat
  • 600g shin beef, cut into large chunks
  • 100g smoked streaky bacon, sliced
  • 350g shallot or pearl onions, peeled



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  • 250g chestnut mushroom (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



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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • rosemary and thyme sprigs



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  • 2 bay leaf
  • 4 cardamom pod


  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.

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Comments (191)

hazela's picture

Brilliant! I didn't want to use a whole bottle of wine, so I only used half and added stock as well. It was still lovely and rich and thickened up beautifully. My boyfriend, who is notoriously hard to please, says it's good enough for a high quality restaurant. Definitely a dinner party recipe!

josp74's picture

What a disappointment - I made this in the slow cooker and the meat was lovely and tender but we hated the sauce. I used a good wine but not a burgundy and maybe that was the problem. It tasted of pure wine and was very unpleasant, so much so that I couldn't eat it.

baboonablue's picture

I was excited to try this as the comments were so positive, however, found results very disappointing. Yes, meat was very tender, but the sauce was terribly thin. I certainly could not have served this at a dinner party (which was what I was testing for) I am determined to try again but will use far less liquid.

blondie7736's picture

Cooked this and it was fab. I did use a better cut of beef though and had braising steak instead of shin. It was the first time I had used celeriac and it was lovely.

saynor's picture

the easiest thing to make and it tastes great.
gordon makes it easy to create somthing tasty, im making it tomorrow for the in-laws wedding annivesary it will go down a treat it has red wine in it!

saynor's picture

the easiest thing to make and it tastes great.
gordon makes it easy to create somthing tasty, im making it tomorrow for the in-laws wedding annivesary it will go down a treat it has red wine in it!

lostkat's picture

I made this for my family at Christmas and it went down an absolute treat. It definitely benefitted from being made the day before and so did I as it meant less stress on the day!

shutterbug's picture

The burgundy is not just good - it's mandatory.
I've used slight variations on this theme for years, and it is a super meal: well and truly worth the effort.

waffoo's picture

This comes highly recommended from myself and all my guests. It's perfect for a dinner party and can be prepared either hours or even the day before - the recipe was very easy, which I needed as I am new to cooking for dinner parties.

al1son's picture

Surprisingly easy and tastes fabulous, the whole house smelt great while this was cooking, I cooked this for an hour longer than suggested as I was waiting for guests who had been held up, I think this helped with reducing the sauce

j61248's picture

After reading all the comments, I made this exactly as per the recipe except I omitted the water and just used the bottle of wine. The sauce was perfect. Just like you said, it tasted better next day. All our friends loved it.

lornapass's picture

Really nice!!!!

tsuiyee's picture

This is really fantastic. My first time eating celeriac mach alone - the sauce matches it perfectly. Really easy to make. There are only two of us so we could not finish it. But it takes even better the second night!

arthowe's picture

I agree that the sauce needs a little more body. I used a half desert spoon of arrowroot mixed in a little red wine to a paste. Arrowroot doesn't have a taste and gives the dish a nice glaze. Next time I'll double the recipe... perfect for dinner parties and cold winter evenings. I also used silverside beef, which worked well.

chhagger's picture

This was just what I wanted on a cold miserable Saturday night. So rich and tender and the celeriac mash countered the richness. It was a bit too rich for the children though.

maddieson's picture

Fantastic! Went down really well at my first dinner party! First beef dish I have ever cooked (being vegetarian!)

georgeb74's picture

Absolutely amazing - the most delicious stew I've ever made, and with minimum effort! This is def going to be a regular meal in our house!

simonew's picture

Thickened it up with cornflour!

simonew's picture

I cooked this for 8 friends on Valentines and i can't believe how amazing it was,everyone went on and on about it,they truely believe i am a fantastic cook so god help me at my next dinner party!! I served it with Cheddar and wholegrain mustard mash which was also divine plus purple broccoli and baby veg.

cutielou1962's picture

Enjoyed the flavour but was disappointed in the sauce which was very thin, and i am not up for fishing everything out to then thicken it and return all to pan. Perhaps would be better to coat the meat in seasoned flour to help thicken up sauce. I would also prefer to use a slightly better quality braising beef.


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