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Le Cordon Bleu News, 02/25/2012
Beef stew in red wine, with bacon, onions, and mushrooms
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About this recipe

The Burgundy region of France is famous for its fine wines. Dishes ‘à la Bourguignonne’ generally include a sauce made of red wine and a garnish of small onions, mushrooms and bacon lardons.
Bœuf Bourguignon – a classic in both the region and the whole of France – is the perfect example.

Recipe - Beef stew in red wine, with bacon, onions, and mushrooms

Serves: 6

In this recipe:

  • Lean beef shoulder
  • Bacon lardons
  • Mushrooms
  • Red wine
  • Onions



Principal ingredients
1,5 kg lean beef shoulder cut into 5 cm cubes
1 carrot, sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 celery stalk, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
bouquet garni
750 ml red wine
50 ml oil
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp flour
500 - 750 ml brown veal stock
bacon rind (from lardons), blanched
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Bacon lardons
185 g salt slab bacon
1 tbsp olive oil
Sautéed mushrooms
300 g cultivated mushrooms
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp butter
salt, pepper
Brown-glazed onions
18 - 24 pearl onions
25 g butter
1 pinch suggar
3 slices sandwich bread
oil and butter or clarified butter
3 tsbsp chopped parsley

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  1. The day before, place the meat in a bowl with the sliced vegetables. Add the crushed garlic cloves, bouquet garni, peppercorns and red wine and marinate for 24 hours.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  3. Drain and separate the vegetables, the marinade liquid, and the meat (set aside the bouquet garni). Dry the meat and brown in a little oil in a frying pan. Drain the meat.
  4. Heat a little oil in a large ovenproof pan and brown the sliced vegetables. Add the tomato paste, the browned meat and the flour. Mix well and place the pan in the oven for a few minutes in order to cook the flour.
  5. Bring the marinade liquid to the boil, skim. Strain the liquid over the meat and mix well. Add the brown veal stock, the bouquet garni, blanched bacon rind and season. Return to the boil, cover, and cook in the oven for approximately 1¼ hours. Once the meat is cooked, remove and place in a hotel pan; cover with a damp towel.
  6. Strain the sauce and reduce to the desired consistency. Place the meat back into the sauce and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Bacon lardons: Cut the bacon into lardons and lightly brown in a lightly oiled frying pan.
  8. Sautéed mushrooms: Sauté in a frying pan with oil and butter. Season.
  9. Brown-glazed onions: Place the onions in a saucepan; add a knob of butter, pinch of sugar and salt and enough water to cover. Cook the onions over high heat to increase the speed of evaporation allowing the sugar and butter to form a caramel. Once the caramel forms, swirl the onions by shaking the saucepan to evenly color the onions.
  10. Croutons: Cut the sandwich bread slices in two diagonally then cut into heart shapes. Cook in oil and butter (or clarified butter) until lightly golden.
  11. Presentation: Add bacon lardons, sautéed mushrooms and brown-glazed onions to the beef stew. Serve in the earthenware serving dish with the croûtons. Decorate with flat-leaf parsley.

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