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Boeuf (beef) bourguignon

Boeuf (beef) bourguignon

Bœuf bourguignon is a traditional recipe of French cuisine (bourguignon means from Burgundy). It's chunks of meat cooked slowly with bacon, onions, carrots and mushrooms in red wine.

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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

For 6 people, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
1 hour 5 min.3 hours 15 min.4 hours 20 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
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Step by step recipe

1 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #1Cut 800 g beef in pieces, remove and dispose everything that is not good meat (skin, nerve, strong parts), it's the main secret of boeuf bourgignon: a perfect meat at the beginning. 15 min.
2 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #2Cut 250 g smoked pork belly (or thick cut streaky bacon) in small pieces. 5 min.
3 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #3Prepare 1 onion. 5 min.
4 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #4In a big pan on medium fire, pour 3 tablespoons oil, when hot add grinded onion and bacon, mix well, pepper and some salt. 2 min.
5 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #5Make cook for about 3 or 4 minutes, then remove pan from fire and with a skimmer put mixture in a plate, leave only some fat in the pan. 4 min.
6 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #6Put back pan on lively fire, add meat pieces... 1 min.
7 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #7...and make brown on each sides. 8 min.
8 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #8When all pieces are well brown, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon flour, stir and make cook for 1 minute or 2. 1 min.
9 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #9Add onion mix, stir again. 2 min.
10 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #10Add 750 ml red wine. 1 min.
11 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #11Stir well, scratch bottom pan to deglaze, then add 1 Bouquet garni, salt and pepper.

Reduce fire to slow, and let cook for 30 minutes.

If you get foam on top during this time, skim it and dispose.
30 min.
12 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #12During this time, peel, wash and cut 3 carrots in pieces. 5 min.
13 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #13Add them in the pan, and let cook uncovered for at least 2 hours. 2 hours
14 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #14During this time, peel, wash and make cook 1 kg potatoes in water. 25 min.
15 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #15During this time, peel and slice 250 g mushrooms. 10 min.
16 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #16Add mushrooms in the pan about 30 minutes before serving. 1 min.
17 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #17You can brown potatoes in a frying pan with 1 tbs of oil, not absolutely needed, but in my opinion much better. 5 min.
18 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #18Preparing sauce:

Put everything solid from pan in a strainer on another pan.

Dispose bouquet garni.

Your goal is to have have only liquid part in the pan, and all solid part in another.
5 min.
19 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #19Put back pan with liquid on medium fire, when boiling add 1 tablespoon cornflour mixed with some cold water.

Whip strongly to thicken sauce, then taste to check seasoning.
5 min.
20 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #20Put back meat and vegetables in the smooth and tasty sauce, slow fire, and let stay until service time. 10 min.
21 Boeuf (beef) bourguignon : Photo of step #21Heat plates and serve with potatoes.

Remarks

Bœuf Bourguignon is one of those dishes that get better each time they are reheated, so don't hesitate to make a lot in one go and then reheat it several times.

For the wine, it should be ideally a red Burgundy made from pinot noir grapes, but if you can't get one from this area at a reasonable price, try to get another pinot noir if possible.

If you have a good butcher, ask his advice about suitable cuts of beef for bourguignon, otherwise remember you don't need an expensive cut like steak, but preferably a cheaper cut suited to long slow cooking (such as stewing steak).

If one day you eat bœuf bourguignon in a restaurant and you get served meat that is tough with skin or gristle, you are in a bad place with a bad chef: leave without even having a dessert or coffee (the bill will certainly be bad news too!).

Years ago it was usual to thicken the sauce with a "roux" (mix of cooked butter and flour), it's efficient but unfortunately it dulls the flavour of the sauce. Bernard Loiseau the famous French chef, in his day, suggested replacing the roux with a little carrot purée, but cornflour also works well.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
5057213 gr286 gr269 gr
253 %82 %27 %41 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1326 gr7 gr7 gr
7 %2 %1 %1 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
84235 gr47 gr44 gr
42 %14 %4 %7 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 6 people : 16.28 €
Per person : 2.71 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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And to drink?: The same wine you use in the recipe, ideally a bourgogne pinot noir.
Source: Home made, after Ginette Mathiot.
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