Tuesday, August 23, 2011

West Village Beouf Bourguignon

French cuisine has definitely raised my standards in terms of technique, and the labor of love that goes into French food.

One of my favorite dishes that takes me right back to the South of France is Beef Bourguignon (Beouf). I used to make this in my little apartment in the West Village of Manhattan and share with the neighbors in my complex. Needless to say, I made fast friends! You must marinate the beef overnight in red wine (Burgundy), but trust me, this extra step pays off in flavor! This is not a beef stew; the gravy is rich and velvety, and the flavor is much more complex and caressed! Bon Appetit!!

Brings the South of France in your own home!


* 1 large onion, quartered
* 2 carrots, peeled and halved
* 2 ribs celery, halved
* 5 cloves garlic, smashed
* 1 (750 ml) bottle Burgundy Wine
* 3 fresh bay leaves

 * 4 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1-inch chunks
* Extra-virgin olive oil, to coat pan
* Kosher salt
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 8 ounces slab bacon, cut into lardons
* 2 cups of pearl onions
 * 2 carrots, cut into 1/4-inch dice
* 2 ribs celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice
* 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
* 1/4 cup tomato paste
* 2 cups Burgundy Wine (reserved marinade)
* 3 to 4 cups beef stock, plus more as needed
* 3 bay leaves
* 1 bundle fresh thyme
* 1 pound cremini mushrooms, halved
* 1 pound red bliss potatoes, halved
* 1/2 bunch fresh chives, finely chopped, for garnish


*For the marinade: Combine the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, and wine in a large bowl or container. Add the beef, cover, and let sit in the refrigerator overnight.
Cook's Note: This is a really important step, it makes a huge flavor difference.
For the stew: Remove the beef from the marinade. Strain the veggies and bay leaves from the wine and discard, but reserving the wine.


1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2.) Coat a large, wide pan or Dutch oven with olive oil and bring to medium-high heat. Season the beef generously with salt and toss with flour. Add the flour-coated beef to the hot pan, but be sure not to crowd the pan, so you will need to work in batches. Cook's Note: Do not flour the beef until you're ready to brown it.

3.) Brown the meat well on all sides and remove from the pan to a sheet tray.

4.)Add the bacon and cook until it gets brown and crispy. Toss in the pearl onions, carrots, celery, and season with salt. 

5.) Cook the mixture for 8 to10 minutes or until the mixture starts to soften and become very aromatic. Add in the garlic and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes.

6.) Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

7.) Add 2 cups reserved wine and the beef. Stir to combine and cook until the wine has reduced by 1/2. 

8.) Add the beef stock to just cover the surface of the beef. 

9.) Toss in the bay leaves and thyme bundle. Season with salt, if needed. Bring the liquid to a boil, cover the pot and put in the preheated oven.

10.) Cook the beef 2 hours, checking occasionally to add more stock, if needed. During the last 30 minutes of cooking time, add the mushrooms, potatoes, and more stock, if needed.

11.) Remove the pan from the oven, and skim off any excess grease from the surface of the stew. Serve with crusty bread to sop up all the sauce and garnish with chopped fresh chives

Bon Appetit!!


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