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Beef Stew (Boeuf Bourguignon)

French Beef Stew. This classic French recipe is loaded with flavor and wine, simmered to perfection. Cheers.

Tiffany Rezende

Ingredients

8 servings
  1. 12 slices hickory smoked bacon, chopped
  2. 3 lbs chuck beef cup into 1" cubes
  3. 1 lb carrots cubed
  4. 2 yellow onions chopped
  5. 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  6. 2 cups red wine
  7. 3 cups beef stock
  8. 2 tbsp tomato paste
  9. 1 tbsp thyme
  10. 4 tbsp butter
  11. 3 tbsp flour
  12. 1 lb pearl onions whole
  13. 1 lb mushrooms sliced thickly
  14. 3 bay leaves
  15. salt
  16. pepper
  17. parsley for garnish

Method

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    Preheat the oven to 350F. Heat 2 TB oil in large Dutch oven (or heavy, oven-safe pot with tight fitting lid.) Add bacon and cook over medium until evenly and lightly browned throughout. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to a large plate. Remaining oil and grease should stay in the pot.

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    Using paper towels, thoroughly dry uncooked beef and sprinkle the cubes evenly with a thin layer of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Reheat the oil/bacon grease in the Dutch oven and sear the beef cubes in a single layer, working in batches, until each cube is brown on all sides. Do not over crowd the pan, making sure to leave some space between each piece of beef. Add more oil as needed to finish browning. Set beef aside in plate with the bacon.

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    If needed, add oil and heat oil. Add carrots, onions, garlic, kosher salt, black pepper and saute for 5 minutes until onions are lightly browned.

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    Add beef and bacon back into Dutch oven with their juices. Add the wine and enough beef broth to almost cover all the meat. Add tomato paste, thyme, and bay leaves. Bring to simmer, stirring occasionally. Once liquid is reaches a simmer, cover the pot with tight fitting lid and place in oven for 1.5 to 2 hours, or until meat is very tender when pierced with fork.

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    Meanwhile, mix together butter with flour in small bowl and set aside. Saute mushrooms with butter in skillet just until mushrooms start to become soft.

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    Remove stew from oven. Add the butter/flour mixture, frozen pearl onions, and mushrooms to the stew. Bring to a boil on stovetop and immediately reduce to simmer. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Skim off any fat off the top. Remove bay leaves. Season with additional kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste.

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