Boeuf Bourguignon


Boeuf Bourguignon

The secret to meltingly tender beef is all in the right cut: a well-marbled cross-rib pot roast. Bourguignon means as prepared in Burgundy, a district synonymous with Pinot Noir wine. So it makes sense to use a Burgundy or New World Pinot Noir both for braising and serving.


1 pkg (14 g) dried porcini mushrooms
3 lb (1.5 kg) boneless beef cross rib pot roast
4 oz (125 g) thickly sliced bacon, chopped
3 tbsp (45 mL) vegetable oil
1 each onion and large carrot, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
1/3 cup (75 mL) all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups (375 mL) red wine, (such as Pinot Noir or Merlot)
1/2 cups (125 mL) beef broth
3 sprigs fresh parsley
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
1 pkg (10 oz/284 g) pearl onions
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
3 cups (750 mL) button mushrooms
2 tbsp (25 mL) brandy
2 tbsp (25 mL) minced fresh parsley


Soak dried mushrooms in 1/2 cup (125 mL) hot water for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, trim fat from beef; cut meat into 1-1/2-inch (4 cm) cubes and set aside.

In Dutch oven, sauté bacon over medium-high heat until crisp; transfer to paper towel-lined plate. Drain fat from pan.

Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil to pan; brown beef, in 3 batches and adding remaining oil as necessary. Transfer to bowl. Drain fat from pan.

Add chopped onion, carrot, garlic, salt and pepper to pan; cook over medium heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with flour; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Reserving soaking liquid, remove mushrooms and chop; add to pan along with soaking liquid, wine and broth. Bring to boil, scraping up any brown bits. Tie parsley, thyme and bay leaves together with string. Add to pan along with bacon, beef and any juices. Cover and braise in 325°F (160°C) oven until meat is fork-tender, 2-1/2 to 3 hours.

Meanwhile, in pot of boiling water, boil pearl onions for 3 minutes; drain and chill in cold water. Peel and trim, leaving root ends intact. In skillet, melt butter over medium heat; brown pearl onions, about 5 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer to bowl.

Add mushrooms to skillet; fry until browned, about 5 minutes.

With slotted spoon, remove beef to separate bowl. Add pearl onions, mushrooms and brandy to liquid in Dutch oven; bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until thickened and onions are tender, about 25 minutes. Discard herbs. Return beef to pan and heat through. Sprinkle with parsley.

Slow-Cooker Boeuf Bourguignon:
Reduce wine to 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) and beef stock to 1/2 cup (125 mL). Omit flour. Follow recipe except put everything (including browned pearl onions) in slow cooker instead of Dutch oven. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or until beef is fork-tender. Add browned mushrooms and brandy. Whisk flour with 1/2 cup (125 mL) water and add to slow cooker; cover and cook on high heat for 15 minutes or until thickened.

Servings: 8

Nutritional Info.

approx. Per Serving

Cal  405

Pro  40 g

Total Fat  20 g

Sat. Fat  6 g

Carb- 13 g

Fibre  2 g

Chol  93 mg

Sodium  489 m

%RDI  -

Calcium  4%

Iron  31%

Vit A  30%

Vit C  7%

Folate  16%