Thursday, October 1, 2009

Recipes to Rival: Beef Bourguignon

Recipes to Rival is at it again. Cooking up a storm with truly amazing recipes- sure to please. How can you go wrong with Julia Child's recipe for Beef Bourguignon? I had just seen the movie when I heard what was going to be this months recipe. Man- I am so glad it was chosen. Apparently I wasn't the only one that was glad. I had my parents over for dinner that night. There was a little left over. My husband gobbled that up at breakfast. The man eats anything for breakfast.

The stew is really rich. It says it serves six but these are fairly modest portions, so I would accompany it with noodles, rice or potatoes or something, as well as a salad.

Lucky for me when I took the stew out of the oven the sauce was already very thick. I was hoping it would be - whew hooo!

Beef Bourguignon

click here for the original on PDF file from the publisher.

Serves 6
For the Stew
6 ounces bacon, solid chunk
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 lbs lean stewing beef, cut into 2-inch cubes
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
1 onion, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
2 tablespoons flour
3 cups red wine (a full bodied wine like Bordeaux or Burgundy or Chianti)
2-3 cups beef stock (Simple Beef stock is posted on the site, unsalted and defatted) 1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 garlic cloves, mashed (you may choose to add more)
1 sprig thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
1 bay leaf, preferably fresh

For the braised onions
18-24 white pearl onions, peeled
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup beef stock salt & fresh ground pepper
1 bay leaf
1 sprig thyme
2 sprigs parsley

For the Sauteed Mushrooms
1 lb mushroom, quartered
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil

First prepare the bacon: cut off the rind and reserve. Cut the bacon into lardons about 1/4" think and 1 1/2" long. Simmer the rind and the lardons for ten minutes in 1 1/2 quarts of water. Drain and dry the lardons and rind and reserve.

Pre-heat the oven to 450°F. Put the tablespoon of olive oil in a large (9" - 10" wide, 3" deep) fireproof casserole and warm over moderate heat. Saute the lardons for 2 to 3 minutes to brown lightly. Remove to a side dish with a slotted spoon.Dry off the pieces of beef and saute them, a few at a time in the hot oil/bacon fat until nicely browned on all sides.Once browned, remove to the side plate with the bacon.

In the same oil/fat, saute the onion and the carrot until softened.Pour off the fat and return the lardons and the beef to the casserole with the carrots and onion.Toss the contents of the casserole with the salt and pepper and sprinkle with the flour. Set the uncovered casserole in the oven for four minutes. Toss the contents of the casserole again and return to the hot oven for 4 more minutes. Now, lower the heat to 325°F and remove the casserole from the oven. Add the wine and enough stock so that the meat is barely covered. Add the tomato paste, garlic and herbs and the bacon rind.Bring to a simmer on the top of the stove. Cover and place in the oven, adjusting the heat so that the liquid simmers very slowly for three to four hours. The meat is done when a fork pierces it easily.

While the meat is cooking, prepare the onions and mushrooms and set them aside till needed. For the onion, if using frozen, make sure they are defrosted and drained. Heat the butter and oil in a large skillet and add the onions to the skillet. Saute over medium heat for about ten minutes, rolling the onions about so they brown as evenly as possible, without breaking apart. Pour in the stock, season to taste, add the herbs, and cover. Simmer over low heat for about 40 to 50 minutes until the onions are perfectly tender but retain their shape and the liquid has mostly evaporated. Remove the herbs and set the onions aside.

For the mushrooms, heat the butter and oil over high heat in a large skillet. As soon as the foam begins to subside add the mushrooms and toss and shake the pan for about five minutes. As soon as they have browned lightly, remove from heat.

Finish the Stew: When the meat is tender, remove the casserole from the oven and empty its contents into a sieve set over a saucepan. Wash out the casserole and return the beef and bacon to it (discarding the bits of carrot and onion and herbs which remain in the sieve). Distribute the mushrooms and onions over the meat. Skim the fat off the sauce and simmer it for a minute or two, skimming off any additional fat which rises to the surface. You should be left with about 2 1/2 cups of sauce thick enough to coat a spoon lightly. If the sauce is too thick, add a few tablespoons of stock.If the sauce is too thin, boil it down to reduce to the right consistency. Taste for seasoning.


Katy ~ said...

This looks so good, I'd want it for breakfast too! Looks positively fab!!

kat said...

We loved it so much as well. I think I liked it even better for lunch the next day.

Mary said...

You did a wonderful job with the challenge, Lori. I think we all had happy campers at our tables.

Barbara Bakes said...

I've been wanting to taste this since I saw the movie! Yours looks great!

Angry Asian said...

my boyfriend had his for breakfast too! :)
it really was a great challenge and came at the best time of year. what a way to kick off the cooler season.

Heather B said...

I'm so happy you enjoyed it. Great job this month! Thanks for letting me pick too!

Shelly said...

My hubby would love this...guess it's time to start thinking about those stick-to-your-ribs soups and stews. Looks yummy!

Anonymous said...

OMG, I was going to make this as a filling for the vols au vent, but ran out of time. Yours looks absolutely rich and savory. Definitely worth all the calories!!

The Blonde Duck said...

I've got to try this. I've heard so much good about it!

Madam Chow said...

Yours looks fantastic! My husband ended up stuffing pitas with the leftovers!

Lucy said...

I have been so in the mood to make this, a perfect meal! Looks great, Lori!

Temperance said...

I'm with your husband, it made a lovely breakfast. Your pictures are making me drool all over again.

maybelle's mom said...

yeah, I thought the stew really needed the potatoes to make the portions add up to 6. you did a great job.

Megan said...

This recipe has made the rounds and I want to make it also. I figure when we get into the cooler days this will make an appearance on my table. Yours looks so rich and good, it makes me want it now! :)Great job.