Aug 8, 2010

Recipes: Beef Bourguignonne with Sauteed Potatoes


Beef Bourguignonne (French Beef Stew)

2 to 3 lbs boneless stew meat
2 cups dry red wine
1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 bunch parsley, chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
2 tsp cracked black peppercorns
1 tsp salt
4 ounces bacon
2 tbsp all purpose flour
2 cups small boiling onions
salt and pepper to taste

Savoury preparation

Cut the meat into 2-inch cubes (or kindly ask your butcher to cut it for you); place the meat in a large bowl, add the wine, olive oil, onion, carrot, garlic, bay leaves, 2 tbsp. parsley, thyme, peppercorns and salt. Stir to combine and cover the meat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours (this time, I left almost 20h), turn the meat occasionally. Drain the beef, reserve the marinade and reserve the liquid and the vegetables separately. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. 

Saute the bacon and remove, leaving the fat in the pan. If it's not enough fat, as when using turkey bacon (as I did), add extra vegetable oil as needed. Add the beef in batches and brown on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon. Add the reserved vegetables and cook until lightly browned. Stir in the flour, stir again. Stir in the marinade, then return the beef and bacon to the pot. 
Add the boiling onions and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook for about 1hour until the meat is fork tender. Take the fat off of the surface. Add the rest of the parsley, salt and pepper to taste. Voilà!

preparation time: 2h
marinate time: about 20h

Sauteed Potatoes
1.5 lbs of all purpose potatoes
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil

Savoury Preparation
In a large pot, bring water to boil (enough to cover the potatoes), cut the potatoes in 1.5inch cubes. When the water is boiling, add the potatoes with a little bit of salt in the water. Let them cook for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, preheat the oven broiling mode. Drain the potatoes and put in a baking sheet or similar. Add seasonings to taste and olive oil. Take the potatoes to broil for about 15 minutes, until they are crispy. 

Hope you enjoy!!!

Outcome
Bourguignonne came out delicious and the potatoes too. The recipe requires plenty of time but the flavor of the stew is worthwhile! 

Beef Bourguignonne recipe adapted from The Joy of Cooking book.
Sauteed Potatoes is a family recipe.

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