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What’s For Dinner: Beef Bourguignon

{photo credit: Jenna Webster, Fresh Tastes}

Beef Bourguignon

Fresh Tastes, PBS

serves 6

Valentine’s day is coming up – do you usually go out to eat, or stay home and cook a special meal? At our house, dad usually cooks dinner on Valentine’s Day, but if I was going to make a decadent dinner, this is something I would make. Not too fancy, but definitely rich and distinctive! This is certainly not a quick meal to prepare, but anyone out there who loves the idea of simmering a hearty stew all afternoon, I hope you enjoy this one. Julia Child would be proud of you. (Honestly, I didn’t even know how to spell Bourguignon before finding this recipe, so I already feel enlightened…)


2 lbs beef stew meat, chopped into bite sized chunks

¼ cup flour

2 tsp salt, divided

¼ tsp pepper

3 tbsp canola oil, divided

1 tbsp butter

3 stalks celery, chopped

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 yellow onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 large bay leaf

1 tsp fresh minced thyme

3 cups dry red wine

8 oz sliced mushrooms

1 lb small yellow potatoes

1 tbsp olive oil

sea salt + pepper


Combine the flour, 1 tsp salt and pepper in a large Ziploc bag and then add the beef and shake well so all the beef has been covered by the flour.

Heat 1 tbsp oil and butter in a large cast iron (or heavy bottomed) pan over medium high heat. Once the butter has melted and is sizzling, add the beef and cook for about 4 minutes per side, until just browned. Remove beef and place on a plate.

In a large pot, heat the other tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions, carrots and celery. Sprinkle vegetables with a pinch of salt and sauté for ten minutes (adding the minced garlic after five minutes) until onion is translucent and carrots have started to become tender. Add the minced thyme and stir to combine.

Then, add the beef to the vegetables along with the wine and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a slow simmer (put heat setting on low) and partially cover pot, leaving about a half inch open.

Slowly simmer beef for three hours. After three hours, the wine should have reduced to a thick, velvety sauce and the beef should be very, very tender. Season with the additional teaspoon of salt and a pinch of black pepper.

Near the end of the simmering process, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a sauté pan. Add the mushrooms and a pinch of salt, and sauté for ten minutes until tender. Stir cooked mushrooms into beef at the very end.

To make the roasted potatoes, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash potatoes and chop into fourths. Lay potatoes on a foil lined sheet tray and drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Roast for 35 minutes, tossing occasionally, until crisp and golden.

To serve, remove bay leaf from beef and serve beef alongside roasted potatoes with an additional sprig of thyme and a hefty glass of red wine (if desired).

Click here for a printable pdf of this recipe.

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