Boeuf bourguignon

A classic French, comfort food, that is good to have among the entertaining menu ideas: you can cook it a day before and just warm it up when you need it - it even tastes better the second day.

The secret of this full on flavour and melting meat pot is the long and slow cooking - about 4 hours!

Ingredients

1,5kg stewing beef diced 750ml of good red wine 750ml of beef stock 1 bouquet garni (thyme, bay leaves, sage and parsley leaves tied together and wrapped in cheesecloth or a leek leaf to be easily removed after cooking) 3 tbsp of flour 200g bacon cut into pieces 150g of butter 50ml of olive oil 1 big onion chopped into small pieces 1 big carrot sliced 4 garlic cloves minced 300g small onions (the pickling type - if you cannot find small ones then cut them into two or four) 300g of small mushrooms 2 tbsp of tomato paste salt and pepper chopped parsley to serve it with

Method

In a frying pan sauté the small onions on 50g butter until they get golden and then take them out. In the same pan, add another 50g of butter and fry the small mushrooms, too. When they are golden, take them out with the small onions and set it aside. Heat up a large casserole, cast iron if you have, and fry the bacon pieces and then take them out. Add some olive oil in the pan if needed and sear the beef pieces in it quickly in high heat - adding the meat in batches - and then take them out. Add in the casserole the remaining butter, sauté the chopped onion and carrots until the onion is softened, then mix in the flour then add the wine and tomato paste, salt and pepper and the bouquet garni. Bring it to boil. Add back the meat and bacon and pour on it as much stock that it covers all. Bring it to the boil and then turn the heat down to simmer while you stir it occasionally for 3-3,5 hour adding some more stock if needed. After that you add the mushrooms and small onions and simmer for another half an hour. Adjust seasoning if needed. Serve it with chopped parsley on the top, boiled potatoes, cornichons and of course, with some really good red wine to drink! Bon appétit!
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