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Beef bourguignon with mash in bowl

Slow cooker beef bourguignon

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  • Preparation and cooking time
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  • Easy
  • Serves 6 - 8

Feed a crowd or freeze a batch of our comforting beef bourguignon. This classic recipe uses slow-cooked beef and red wine for a deliciously rich stew 

  • Freezable
Nutrition: per serving (8)
NutrientUnit
kcal497
fat20g
saturates7g
carbs14g
sugars7g
fibre3g
protein47g
salt1g
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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 ½kg stewing or braising steak, cut into small chunks
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 thyme sprigs or rosemary sprigs
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 750ml bottle red wine
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 100g unsmoked bacon lardons
  • 6 small shallots or baby onions, halved or quartered
  • 300g closed cup mushrooms, halved or quartered
  • mashed potatoes or crusty bread, to serve

Method

  • STEP 1

    Turn the slow cooker to low and heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a large frying pan. Season the meat and fry for 3-4 mins in batches until browned all over, scooping out each batch with a slotted spoon and transferring the browned meat to a plate.

  • STEP 2

    Tip the onion, carrot and celery into the pan and fry for 5-10 mins until soft. Add the herbs and flour and cook for another 2 mins. Pour a splash of the wine into a bowl, then add the stock cube, sugar and tomato purée and mix to form a paste. Scrape the paste into the onion mix and pour in the remaining wine. Bring the mixture to a bubble, then transfer to the slow cooker. Stir in the browned beef, topping up with a splash of water to cover the meat if needed. Simmer on low for 6-8 hrs until the meat is falling apart but still holding its shape.

  • STEP 3

    About 35 mins before serving, heat the remaining oil in a pan. Fry the bacon, shallots and mushrooms for 5-8 mins until caramelised and the veg is starting to soften, then tip into the slow cooker. Simmer the stew gently on high for 30 mins. If you want a thicker gravy, use the reduce function or leave the stew uncovered. Serve with mashed potatoes or crusty bread, if you like.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2019

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