Thursday, 14 February 2008

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon
Feeds 4

2 carrots, peeled and cut into cubes
2 sticks of celery, cut into cubes
1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
4 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
A dozen shallots, peeled and left whole
1 tbsp dried thyme
2 bay leaves
6 whole cloves of garlic
1kg stewing or braising steak, cut into cubes
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 tbsp plain flour
Half bottle of Burgundy
300ml beef stock
250g mushrooms, I used chestnut
Salt and pepper

1 - Pre-heat the oven to 150C/Fan 130C/GM2.
2 - In a large heat proof casserole dish, heat up the oil and add the bacon and vegetables. Stir for 5-6 minutes until softened and beginning to colour.
3 - Add the shallots, thyme, garlic, bay leaves, tomato purée and beef and cook for a further 5 minutes until it begins to take on a golden colour.
4 - Stir in the flour until thoroughly combined, then pour in the wine and stock. Bring to the boil then place in the oven and cook for 2 and a half to 3 hours.
5 - Halfway through cooking, slice the mushrooms into quarters and fry off in a little olive oil to take out some of the water and give a little colour. Add to the casserole for the remainder of the cooking time.
6 - When finished, taste for seasoning and serve with mashed potato and seasonal greens.

9 comments:

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Valentine's Day is for friends, lovers and families however you choose to celebrate :D Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family David :D

Rosie said...

Happy valentines Day David to you and your family :)

I would like to present you & your family on this Valentines Day a Red Rose

http://rosiebakesapeaceofcake.blogspot.com/2008/02/for-my-valentine-cupcakes.html

Rosie x

William Leigh said...

stew is probably my one of my all time faves. Love it love it love it.

Abitofafoodie said...

I wish someone had prepared me this wonderful dish yesterday! Your family are very lucky - it looks superb.
David, I have awarded you with the 'Nice Matters' award - probably not your colours (!) but hope it shows how much we appreciated and enjoy your inspiring recipes and writing...

http://foodgloriousfood-toto.blogspot.com/2008/02/happy-valentines-day-nice-matters.html

David Hall said...

BV, I'm in full agreement. I'm not one for these days that are clearly made for the card makers to earn a few quid, I say I love you every day to my wife! But you are right, Valentines is for lovers and families.

Thanks Rosie! That is the only Rose I received I'll have you know.

Wil, real men love their stews! :o)

And Antonia, very touched, it does mean a lot and I've left you a message.

All the best
David

Aimée said...

This looks like the next comfort food dish that I have to make. It looks SO good! This would be my ideal Valentine's meal, too.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

My husband and I have always preferred to eat at home on Valentine's. It doesn't matter what you eat, as long as it's prepared with love. (excuse the mushiness) ;)

Cynthia said...

Happy Valentine's day my friend to you and the family.

Coffee and Vanilla said...

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