Beef bourguignon

Beef bourguignon

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 45 mins Cook: 3 hrs, 30 mins Plus overnight marinating

Easy

Serves 6
The secret to this super-rich beef casserole is to use all wine and no stock

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal767
  • fat39g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre4g
  • protein67g
  • salt2.09g
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Ingredients

  • 1.6kg braising steak, cut into large chunks
  • 3 bay leaf
  • small bunch thyme

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 2 bottles cheap red wine
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 large or 6 normal carrots, cut into large chunks
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée

To serve

  • small knob butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 300g bacon lardons
    Bacon

    Bacon

    bay-kon

    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 500g pearl onions or small shallots, peeled
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 400g mushrooms, halved
    Mushroom

    Mushroom

    mush-room

    The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…

  • chopped parsley
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

Method

  1. Tip the beef into a large bowl with the bay leaves, thyme, wine and some pepper, then cover and leave in the fridge overnight.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Place a colander over another large bowl and strain the marinated meat, keeping the wine. Heat half the oil in a large frying pan, then brown the meat in batches, transferring to a plate once browned. When all the meat is browned, pour a little wine into the now-empty frying pan and bubble to release any caramelised bits from the pan.

  3. Heat the rest of the oil in a large casserole and fry the carrots and chopped onions until they start to colour. Stir in the flour for 1 min, then add the tomato purée. Add the beef and any juices, the wine from the frying pan and the rest of the wine and herbs. Season and bring to a simmer. Give everything a good stir, then cover. Transfer to the oven and bake for 2 hrs until the meat is really tender. Cool. Will freeze for up to 3 months.

  4. To serve, defrost completely overnight in the fridge if frozen, then place on a low heat to warm through. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a frying pan and add the bacon and pearl onions. Sizzle for about 10 mins until the bacon starts to crisp and the onions soften and colour. Add the mushrooms and fry for another 5 mins, then stir everything into the stew and heat for 10 mins more. Serve scattered with chopped parsley.

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Comments (31)

Anton_boeuf's picture

I love this dish. Best thing to use is cast iron, a creuset type lidded pot.

I do do things a bit differently. Everyone does. For starters the mushrooms have to be wild mushrooms, don't bother with store bought button, portobello mushrooms of any kind or hue they honestly aren't worth your time. You need the rich flavour of good earthy wild mushrooms, not slippery lumps of nothing. Their smell must permeate your nose when you sniff them. Leaving them out completely is the only alternative to using wild dried mushrooms instead.

I also roast the meat (beef shanks/shin are good) whole/undiced on a high heat, rare in the middle, in the oven for half an hour, plus a few large red onions and large carrots. Meantime the bottle of red wine I reduce in a wide shallow pan with previously browned chopped red onions, garlic, anchovies x6, lemon zest (bay leaf if you like) and good tomato paste (sundried is the best) until I can't smell strong alcohol anymore. This I pour over the roasted meat in the pot, plus a light stock, plus a simple dark rue made with a little extra butter in the roasting tin. Drop in a bouquet garni, thyme, tarragon, oregano, stick of celery etc. Season lightly all stages. Then your're ready to go. Add whole small shallots unpeeled and topped and bottomed half way through. Fresh tender baby carrots are added near the end plus nice large lardons of grilled caramelised air cured panccetta or alternative. Avoid wet salty processed bacon.

What you are doing is creating layer upon layer of flavour. Taste as you go but bear in mind reduction will concenrate the flavours so you're not looking for anything too rich or salty at the early stages. Salt besides seasoning the meat for roasting and lightly seasoning as I go I leave until near the very very end when Im more or less happy with the reduction levels. I use pink crushed Himalayan mineral salt these days, it seems to give far more depth and flavour than plain table or the domineering intensity of sea salt. I do it at the end because I use anchovies and tomato puree which can be salty enough after reduction, plus lightly seasoning everything as I go. Its the last thing I test for along with pepper.

Takes about three hours or so in the oven, on a very low heat or even on a heat distributor or separator in a heavy cast iron lidded pot (on the lowest gas) on the oven top. I quite like the last method as its easier to see what's going on just by coming and going. Especially after a glass or two of that excellent wine. Comes out just as lovely, rich and silky smooth without an oven. Turn the meat over with a spoon gently once or twice just to make sure it isn't sticking. If you don't actually have an oven you can pre-sear the meat in a pan too, on high gas, keep turning, so its evenly seared.

I don't marinade the meat before roasting but I always use the best wine I can afford. Never use a cheap wine, it would wreck the whole thing. Taste it before you use it too, a corked wine could be worse than cheap wine! Honestly if its something you wouldn't be happy drinking don't use it because the quality of the wine is critical, not so much the grape variety as long as it's red and a fair enough vintage. I usualy go for a French Pinot noir just for reliability, consistancy. The wine dominates the whole dish. Too sweet, too rough with tannins/too dry it will all come back at you and it's very difficult if not in fact impossible to remedy. You aren't tanning leather here but cooking a fine dish, and nor is it a dessert! The balance acidity should be perfectly agreeable.

Very easy and not terribly time consumming dish, you need to relax into it and let it cook itself.

Bon appetite!

CailinLondon's picture
2.5

I browned everything first, then threw it into the slow cooker. It was nice, but there was a slight aftertaste, I think from the wine.

longtallj's picture

Tried this in the slow cooker, very tender beef and vegetables but far too much wine. Was almost inedible. Sweetened with sugar to try to make it more palatable. Will not be making again.

terrymac39's picture

A nice recipe, I am just uneasy about "Cheap Red Wine", I am a strong believer, in that you should not cook with wine you would not drink, pay the little extra, and enjoy to the full.

Lulu C's picture

I made this last night and turned out so delicious!! I didn't know cooking this dish was so easy (it just took long time too cook it). I followed the recipe, except i only marinated the meat one hour in the fridge as i didn't have enough time and put the additional buttered bacon, shallots and mushroom 15 minutes before i turn off the stove. I served with mashed potatoes and buttery garlic green beans... Everyone loved it, and my French boyfriend approved!

lorraine999's picture

I made this at the weekend, followed recipe to the letter except that I put it all in a slow cooker all day. It turned out wonderfully, everyone enjoyed it - served it with new potatoes, baby carrots and broccoli. When I make it again I will cut the ingredients down a bit as this recipe says it is for 6 people when mine served 8 plus a meal for 2 the day after! Also I noticed that someone said in another comment/tip that they discarded the vegetables cooked with the meat - why???

han123's picture
5

I made this last night and it was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, I didn't pre plan enough to soak my beef for longer than 3 or so hours - was still delicious and tender. I don't know whether it was due to this, but before adding the bacon/onions/mushrooms I felt like the sauce wasn't quite as flavoursome as I expected so I added a couple of beef stock cubes, a sprinkle of sugar and some pepper; it was perfect, delicious - so personally, I wouldn't worry if you're about to reject this recipe based on overnight marinating.. Definitely more than enough for 6 with the addition of mash and green beans. Was proud to serve, couldn't have been more of a success.

averil_london's picture
5

I made this with a Pinot Noir wine from Burgundy. It worked great.

janice88's picture
5

I made this last night on the strength of the reviews. I was not disappointed. Fabulous recipe which gave 7 generous servings. Everyone loved it. I used 1 1/2 bottles of the cheapest wine and it gave a good amount of liquid and the flavour was so good without having to sweeten as I so often do when cooking with beer or wine. There are many recipes out there for Beef Bourguignon but this to me is the best I have tried.
Thank you Good Food you have done it again for me.

angelaosei's picture

I have made this twice now and both times it was delicious.
I rubbed the meat in crushed garlic and some paprika before soaking it in the wine. I also substituted 500mls of wine for bullion to remove the slightly bitter taste. Will definitely make again!

BC-S's picture
5

I made this dish for a casual dinner gathering and it went down really well!

I used one bottle of wine and soaked over night as others that suggested, and added about 300ml of beef stoke when putting in the oven. The smell was amazing!

I was worried at first though as the dish tasted really bitter to me once it has finished cooking. Good old advice from Mother however suggested that I may have used a wine that was too dry and to try and find something sweet to lift it. After a big tbsp of honey I had no other options...but WOW! That tasted sooooo good! Very rich so you are unlikely to want much before and after it but I would definitely make it again...added to my favourites list!

ruthy1972's picture

Wow! Made this dish at the weekend for friends and what a success! After I had fried off the meat i put everything in the slow cooker for the rest of the day and the meat was beautiful and fell apart ,very tender and delicious-shall be using this recipe again!

AndiPete's picture

A great dish! We served it with rice and peas on the side. It was a great success!

Oconnorciara's picture

A great recipe! I'm a vegetarian so couldn't taste it any step of the way, but my guests loved it! Thank you.

amy_shorty_81's picture

This has become a real favourite in our household I serve with wild rice and green beans.

prinjm's picture
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Great recipe, server with green beans and mash. Didn't marinade over night but gave it an hour in the wine before started cooking. Also only used the one pot for everything.

lizag83's picture
5

Oh & once everything was browned etc I cooked it in the oven for 2hours

lizag83's picture
5

Delicious!! My 2yr old loved it! I changed a couple of things though - I only added one bottle of wine & used a beef stock cube & hot water to compensate for the missing wine. Once I'd browned the meat I added the carrots 2 cloves of garlic, mushrooms, shallots (halfed) & the thyme etc & flung the whole thing into a casserole dish & left it. Fried off the lardons & added them once cooked! Lovely recipe but once you've deglazed the pan with the wine just add everything either straight into the pan & cook for a few moments or just throw everything straight into the casserole dish & forget about it :)

carson's picture

Please can anyone tell me which edition this is in as i can't find it in the nov 2010.....thanks

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Questions (3)

lucky66's picture

Can you cook the whole of this recipe and then freeze?

lucky66's picture

Why cant you completely cook this dish and then freeze it?

ruthy1972's picture

Will this cook well in a slow cooker?

Tips (1)

averil_london's picture
5

I made this over the weekend for a friend coming for dinner. It was so nice, he helped himself four times! Followed the recipe to the letter, aside from using a carton of beef stock and some water instead of the second bottle of wine. Be careful to have the beef fully submerged as some bits bobbing on top above the liquid line got a little burnt on top. I see other recipes recommend adding garlic, onion, celery and carrot to the marinade to add flavour so I will do that next time. The veg are discarded and not used in the dish. I served with duck fat roast potatoes and green beans, went great with it.