I already have a beef bourguignon recipe on this site, but my Dad made this dish recently and it was really, really good! It’s a perfect Sunday meal where you can prepare the dish mid-day, let it cook all afternoon while you do something else or just relax, then pull it piping hot and lovely out the oven for dinner.
Summary: This is a classic beef bouguignon recipe. The pearl onions are a bit of work but see the tip below for easy peeling.
- 2 1/2 lbs. stewing meat, cut into 2-inch pieces
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 4 oz sliced smoked bacon, diced
- 18 pearl onions, skinned (*see tip below)
- 8 oz. small cremini mushrooms
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped carrot
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 2 cups red wine (anything you would drink)
- 2 cups beef stock
- 1 head garlic, dry papery layers brushed off and top third of bulb removed
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 stalks thyme
- 4 sprigs parsley
- Beurre Manie
- 3 Tbsp. softened butter
- 3 Tbsp. flour
- *Tip: To easily remove pearl onion skins, pour hot water over the onions and let them sit for 20 minutes. The skins will slip right off.
- Preheat oven to 300 ° F.
- Season meat with salt and pepper.
- Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add bacon and saute until slightly crisp. Remove from pan and reserve.
- Add pearl onions, saute for 5 minutes, add mushrooms and saute for 5 minutes long or until mushrooms are browned and juicy and onions are softened. Remove onions and mushrooms and reserve. Wipe out pot.
- Add another 1 Tbsp. oil to pot and, working in batches, add meat to pot in a single layer without crowding the pot, adding more oil as needed. Sear meat on each side until browned, about 1 minute per side. Remove and place in a strainer over a bowl to let the fat drip out.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil to pan. Add chopped onions, carrots and celery and saute for 5 minutes or until softened. Add wine, scraping up any brown bits from the base of the pan. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute, then add stock, garlic, bay leaf, thyme and parsley. Return to boil and skim off any foam that rises to top. Stir in meat.
- Cover and bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until meat is very tender. Uncover, remove garlic, thyme, bay leaf and parsley. Add reserved bacon, pearl onions and mushrooms, return pot to oven and bake another 15 minutes or until meat is very tender and sauce is rich.
- To make beurre manie, combine butter and flour to make a paste.
- If sauce is not thick enough, strain into a separate post and add the beurre manie a bit at a time until it is thickened to your taste. This should not be a very thick sauce. Season to taste and return to pot.
- Serves 4 to 6. Goes nicely with great, mashed potatoes.
Prep time: 30 min | Cook time: 3 hours | Total time: 3 hours 30 min
Number of servings (yield): 6
Adapted from an Autumn 2009 Food & Drink recipe | Photo