Tested till perfect Boeuf Bourguignon
Boeuf Bourguignon
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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.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: December 2004

Recipe3 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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  • Portion size 8


  • 1 pkg (14 g) 1pkg (14 g)dried porcini mushroomdried porcini mushrooms
  • 3 lb 3lbboneless beef cross rib pot roastboneless beef cross rib pot roasts
  • 4 oz 4ozthickly sliced bacon, chopped
  • 3 tbsp 3tbspvegetable oil
  • 1 1oniononions, chopped
  • 1 1large carrotcarrots, chopped
  • 2 2cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspeach salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupall-purpose flour
  • 1 bottle (750 mL) 1bottle (750 mL)red wine, (such as Pinot Noir or Merlot)
  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupsbeef broth
  • 3 3sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2 2sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 2bay leafbay leaves
  • 1 pkg (10 oz/284 g) 1pkg (10 oz/284 g)pearl onionpearl onions
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspbutter
  • 3 cups 3cupsbutton mushroombutton mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspbrandy
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspminced fresh parsley
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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.

Additional information : 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.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 405 pro 40g total fat 20g sat. fat 6g
carb 13g fibre 2g chol 93mg sodium 489mg

% RDI:

calcium 4 iron 31 vit A 30 vit C 7
folate 16
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