Unveiling the Timeless Elegance of Beef Bourguignon

Oct 23, 2023 | Main Courses


Prep Time

Cooking Time

20 minutes
2 to 2.5 hours

Beef Bourguignon being made

Title: A Palate-pleasing Journey Through Time: Beef Bourguignon

In the realm of hearty French cuisine, one dish reigns supreme – Beef Bourguignon. This beloved classic is a culinary tribute to the picturesque Burgundy region in France, known for its vineyards and exquisite wines. As a food critic and lover of history, I cannot help but be captivated by the rich tapestry of stories woven into this dish’s very essence. Today, I invite you to join me on a journey through time as we explore the magic of Beef Bourguignon.

Beef Bourguignon ingredients

– 2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 2-inch cubes
– 4 slices of bacon, chopped
– 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
– 2 onions, chopped
– 4 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 bottle of Burgundy wine (or any full-bodied red wine)
– 2 cups beef broth
– 2 tablespoons tomato paste
– 1 bouquet garni (a bundle of fresh herbs like thyme, parsley, and bay leaves, tied together with kitchen twine)
– 1 pound pearl onions, peeled
– 1 pound mushrooms, quartered
– Salt and pepper to taste
– 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
– 3 tablespoons butter
– Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


Step 1: Sizzle the Bacon and Brown the Beef

Gather around, my friends, as we cast our culinary spell with Beef Bourguignon. Begin by heating a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the bacon pieces and let them sizzle and release their glorious fragrance until crispy. Remove the bacon and set it aside, leaving the glorious rendered fat in the pot.

Raise the heat to medium-high and add the beef cubes to the pot. Brown them on all sides, allowing a crisp and caramelized exterior to form while trapping the succulent juices within. Patience is key here – don’t overcrowd the pot; do this in batches if needed. Once browned, remove the beef and set it aside alongside the bacon.

Step 2: Saute the Aromatics

Now, the stage is set for the stars of the show: carrots, onions, and garlic. Saute them in that glorious pot, letting the aromas intertwine and dance together. Allow them to soften, becoming translucent and gold, embracing the legacy of centuries-old flavors that lie ahead.

Step 3: Simmer with Burgundy Wine

As the chorus of vegetables performs its melody in the pot, it’s time to bring in the prima donna, the wine. Pour in the entire bottle of Burgundy (or a full-bodied red wine of your choice), embracing the Burgundian spirit. Let the wine gently simmer, whispering tales of vineyards under moonlit nights, as it reduces by half.

Step 4: Introduce the Beef, Broth, and Tomato Paste

Gradually introduce the beef broth into the pot, followed by the tomato paste, gently swirling them together to create a symphony of bold flavors. Add the previously set-aside bouquet garni, binding the ensemble and deepening the aromas with every passing minute.

Step 5: Simmer and Marry the Flavors

Time to bring the beef and bacon back into the limelight! Return them to the pot, gracefully diving into the velvety wine-infused pool of flavors. Season generously with salt and pepper, granting them access to a fulsome flavor profile.

Now, let this theatrical masterpiece unfold over low heat and simmer gently, covered, for 2 to 2.5 hours. During this intermission, the beef will embrace tenderness, the flavors will marry, and the fragrant bouquet will permeate the air. Remember to stir occasionally, ensuring a harmonious blend and preventing any actors from sticking to the pot’s grand stage.

Step 6: Add Pearl Onions and Mushrooms

Meanwhile, prepare the lambasted pearl onions and mushrooms, paring them skillfully and then searing them separately. Top off the pièce de résistance by adding them to the simmering pot during the final half-hour of cook time.

Step 7: Thicken the Sauce

Ah, the curtain rises for the final act! In a small bowl, mix together the flour and butter, creating a beurre manié that will thicken our graceful symphony. Stir this beautiful concoction into the pot, and watch as the sauce takes center stage, transforming into a velvety texture that clings to the beef like an encore performance.

Step 8: Serve and Garnish

As the aroma becomes all-encompassing and the dish shrouded in its final layers of complexity, it’s time to finish our opus. Ladle the Beef Bourguignon with generous portions into warm bowls, garnishing each with a sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley. Serve this sublime creation alongside crusty bread, dare to pair it with potatoes, or let it stand alone as the protagonist it truly is.

Tips and Variations:
– For a festive twist, consider using venison instead of beef, rendering a gamey flavor to this classic dish.
– Experiment with different root vegetables, such as parsnips or turnips, to add a delightful depth of flavor.
– For a vegetarian rendition, replace the beef with hearty chunks of tofu or seitan and swap the beef broth for vegetable broth.
– If time permits, marinate the beef overnight in the red wine, allowing the flavors to intertwine magnificently before the cooking process begins.

Beef Bourguignon served

The stage is set, the spotlight is yours, and the Beef Bourguignon awaits its well-deserved applause. With its tender beef, robust wine-infused sauce, and harmonious blend of flavors, this dish will forever hold a special place in my heart. So, my dear friends, let us savor every moment, every bite, and continue to celebrate the culinary treasures that transport us through time and into the souls of those who came before us. Bon appétit!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 cup (245g)

Servings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories 220
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
  Saturated Fat 5g 25%
  Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
  Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
  Sugars 2g  
Protein 13g  
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2% Iron 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
  Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
  Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
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