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Boeuf Bourguignonne

A recipe which has been in our family for years and was always one of my mother's favourites. It is a lovely comforting dish for cold winter evenings and can be left simmering slowly in the oven whilst you are out, ready for your return.

Type: Meat, Vegetables
Courses: Main Course
Serves: 6 people
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 hours

Recipe Ingredients

44 oz 1250gRound or chuck steak
  Olive Oil
  Black pepper
4 tablespoons 60mlCognac
2   Carrots
1   Leek
4   Shallots
  Lemon juice
1   Medium onion
1   Garlic clove
1   Bouquet garni
  Half a bottle of red burgundy
  Beef stock or water to cover
18   Baby onions
12   Button Mushrooms
  Finely chopped parsley

Recipe Instructions

Remove excess fat from the beef, cut into large cubes and roll in flour. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter in a large frying pan. Brown the meat, season and add the cognac. Ignite the cognac, then when burned off, put the meat into a casserole.

Coarsely chop the carrots, leek, shallots, onion and garlic and cook in the oil remaining in the pan. Transfer to the casserole with the meat. Add the bouquet garni. Pour over all but four tablespoons of the wine and enough water or stock to cover. Put the lid on the casserole and cook in a moderate oven (370F) for 1.5 to 2 hours.

Remove from the oven, skim off any fat on the sauce, then gradually stir in 1 tablespoon of flour. Put the lid back on and return to the oven for a further 2 to 3 hours. When the meat is nearly ready brown the baby onions in butter in a saucepan with a little sugar. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of red wine, cover and cook over a low heat until the baby onions are almost tender. Meanwhile sauté the mushrooms in the remaining oil and butter and a little lemon juice.

When the meat is tender, remove the bouquet garni, correct the seasoning, add the onions and mushrooms and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley.

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