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Beef Bourguignon

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This beef bourguignon is the perfect cold-weather meal. Full of slow-cooked beef in a rich red wine sauce and perfect when eaten by the fire. You’ll love this comforting dish!

It’s cold and windy in New York.  Last night we had a blizzard and outside it’s a winter wonderland. This morning Mr.NN and I woke up and went outside to assess the damage. Of course, I couldn’t resist diving into the snowdrifts 🙂 It made me feel like a kid again!

Now onto the stew! It’s delicious – trust me.  It’s an Ina Garten recipe…love that woman! I have yet to make one of her recipes that I did not immediately fall in love with.  I served this meal with a delicious mixed green salad and fresh bread. It was perfect.




Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces thick-sliced bacon, diced
  • 2-1/2 pounds stew meat
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound carrots, chunked
  • 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Cognac
  • 1 (750 ml.) bottle dry red wine
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound frozen whole pearl onions
  • 1 pound sliced mushrooms


Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven.

Add the bacon and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is lightly browned.

Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a large paper towel-lined plate.

Dry the stew with paper towels and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

In batches in single layers, sear the beef in the hot oil for 3 to 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides.

Remove the seared cubes to the plate with the bacon and continue searing until all the beef is browned. Set aside.

Add the carrots and onions to the pot and season with a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper.

Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions are lightly browned.

Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.

Add the Cognac and let gently cook for a few minutes to help cook off some of the alcohol.

Put the beef and bacon back into the pot with the juices.

Add the bottle of wine plus enough beef stock to almost cover the meat.

Add the tomato paste and thyme.

Bring to a simmer, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and place it in the oven for about 1-1/4 hours or until the meat and vegetables are very tender when pierced with a fork.

Combine 2 tablespoons of butter and the flour with a fork and stir into the stew.

Add the frozen pearl onions.

Saute the mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of butter for 10 minutes until lightly browned and then add to the stew.

Bring the stew to a boil on top of the stove, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Season to taste.

Serve plain, over buttered noodles, or spooned over grilled bread.

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Saturday 1st of January 2011

Looks like the perfect meal after coming in from all that snow! Happy New Year!


Thursday 30th of December 2010

Stew sounds like a great idea right now... thanks for sharing the recipe!

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Wednesday 29th of December 2010

Wow, so much snow! The blizzard avoided our area this time :) The beef bourguignon sounds excellent!


Wednesday 29th of December 2010

This is a lot of snow. This beef sure is the best way to keep your energy levels up.


Tuesday 28th of December 2010

Wow, 1/2 a cup of congac seems like a lot, but it looks homey and delicious! While I left the house this morning in 11 degree temps with a windchill of 2, we are supposed to have a high of 50 on Friday - weird! Enjoy the snow!

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