Sunday, April 20, 2008

Best Beef Bourguignon

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 2 hours
Yield: 4 servings

1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup butter
3 slices bacon
2 pounds boneless beef, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
1 peppercorn
3/4 cup beef stock or broth
1 1/2 cups red cooking wine
1/2 pounds whole small white onions
cherry tomatoes
hot cooked rice

In a large pot, saute mushrooms in butter. Remove mushrooms and liquid and set aside. Fry bacon, cut up, until crispy. Remove and set aside.

Add beef to the bacon drippings. Brown well, then add flour and blend well. Add sugar, salt, thyme, bay leaf and peppercorn.

Add beef stock and cooking wine, then cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add onions, mushrooms and bacon and simmer one hour longer. Add more cooking wine if liquid has evaporated. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and serve over hot rice. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Tips and Tricks
Omit the bay leaf and peppercorn if you don't have them on hand. In place of cooking wine, use any red wine, additional beef broth or grape juice. I also use cut up onions in place of the pearl onions. I cook the rice in the microwave to save time.
Make It Healthier
Omit salt. Serve over brown rice.
How Kids Can Help
Measure ingredients. Push buttons on microwave.

1 comment:

Joy said...

This seems like it could easily be adapted to a slow cooker meal...just a thought. Thanks for the great recipes!