How to make Boeuf bourguignon – Authentic Recipe

Hello, food enthusiasts! Today, we’re embarking on a culinary journey to the heart of French cuisine with a dish that’s as rich in flavor as it is in history – the hearty, robust, Boeuf Bourguignon. This stew, with its tender beef and robust flavors, is like a gastronomic tour through the rustic countryside of France. It’s a testament to the magic that happens when simple ingredients are transformed through slow cooking into a dish that’s truly greater than the sum of its parts. So, get ready to explore the delightful world of Boeuf Bourguignon!

Boeuf Bourguignon Recipe

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Boeuf bourguignon

Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 1 day 3 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 5 people
Calories 2596 kcal


  • 1 large glass bowl
  • 1 slow cooker


  • 1 Kg Chuck Steak* cut into 100gm cubes about 4 inches
  • Large carrot roughly chopped
  • Large onion chopped
  • Two fresh bay leaves
  • Two cloves garlic crushed in their skins
  • Two cloves
  • One bottle robust red wine
  • Ten black peppercorns
  • Tablespoon Madeira
  • Beurre manie teaspoon flour and teaspoon butter mashed together
  • Tablespoon butter
  • Chopped parsley
  • Olive oil
  • Method


  • Put the pieces of beef in a large glass bowl and add the next seven ingredients making sure that the beef is covered. Cover the bowl and allow to marinate for 24 hours.
  • When ready to start cooking, take the meat out of the marinade and dry it thoroughly on kitchen paper. In a casserole heat a tablespoon each of oil and butter until the butter stops foaming and then add the meat pieces four at a time.
  • Brown them over a high heat on all sides – they should look really crusty almost like a steak – and then take them out of the pan and add the next four, until you have a pile of fragrant beef.
  • Add the drained vegetables from the marinade to the casserole and brown those too and then pour in the wine marinade. Bring the liquid to a gentle simmer and pile the meat back in. The meat should be entirely covered by liquid. If not add a little beef stock or more red wine if you have a bottle handy, bring back to a simmer and place in a low oven (140°C) for three hours.
  • It is worth checking the meat every hour and if the level of liquid has dropped and the meat looks a little exposed, turn it over gently in the liquid. Even if the meat looks burned, don’t be alarmed and don’t add more liquid – you need the gentle reduction of the sauce and the darkening of the meat for flavour – if the pan looks totally dry, your oven thermostat has broken!
  • Towards the end of the cooking time, gently poke the meat with a fork – it is done when it starts to break apart when you do this.
  • Take the casserole from the oven and carefully lift out the meat into a warm dish and set to one side.
  • Strain the sauce into a clean pan and place it over a low heat. Allow it to come to a gentle boil. Add the Madeira and reduce until it tastes as strong as you like – the sauce should become almost syrupy. Whisk in the butter and flour mix and keep whisking until blended.
  • Add the meat back to the sauce to heat through and serve a couple of large chunks per person with the sauce poured over, scattered with chopped parsley.


Keyword Chuck Steak

About Boeuf Bourguignon

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Before we dive into cooking tips and serving suggestions, let’s take a moment to appreciate this iconic dish. Boeuf Bourguignon may not be as quick to prepare as some dishes, but it’s a star in its own right in the world of gourmet cooking. While we won’t be discussing the specific recipe today, I assure you, this dish is a culinary masterpiece that will leave you wanting more.

Cooking Tips for the Perfect Boeuf Bourguignon

Now, let’s get to the heart of the matter – cooking tips. Preparing Boeuf Bourguignon is like crafting a piece of art, each step adding depth and complexity.

  • Quality Ingredients: Always opt for high-quality beef and wine. The quality of these two main ingredients can significantly influence the overall taste of your Boeuf Bourguignon.
  • Slow and Steady: Boeuf Bourguignon benefits from slow cooking. This allows the flavors to meld together and the beef to become incredibly tender.
  • Patience is Key: Don’t rush the process. Allow your stew enough time to simmer. This patience will reward you with a dish that has a great depth of flavor.


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  •  What type of wine is best for Boeuf Bourguignon? Traditionally, a full-bodied red Burgundy wine is used. However, you can also use other full-bodied red wines like Pinot Noir or Merlot.
  • Can I make Boeuf Bourguignon without alcohol? Yes, you can substitute the wine with beef broth and a splash of vinegar for acidity. However, this will change the flavor profile of the dish.
  • How long should I cook Boeuf Bourguignon? Boeuf Bourguignon benefits from slow cooking. Ideally, it should be simmered for at least 2-3 hours until the beef is tender. Some recipes even recommend cooking it for up to 6 hours for deeper flavors.
  • Can I make Boeuf Bourguignon in a slow cooker? Yes, Boeuf Bourguignon can be made in a slow cooker. This method allows the flavors to meld together over a longer period of time, resulting in a rich and flavorful stew.
  • How should I serve Boeuf Bourguignon? Boeuf Bourguignon is traditionally served with boiled potatoes or crusty bread. However, it can also be served over mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta.

Serving Boeuf Bourguignon: The Final Touch

Finally, let’s delve into the art of serving your homemade Boeuf Bourguignon. Remember, the way you present your dish can elevate the entire dining experience!

Ladle your Boeuf Bourguignon into deep bowls or rustic plates, allowing the rich sauce to pool around the tender pieces of beef. Pair it with some crusty bread or creamy mashed potatoes for an extra layer of comfort. You could also sprinkle some fresh parsley on top for a pop of color and freshness. The possibilities are endless!

And there you have it – a peek into the delightful world of Boeuf Bourguignon. I hope this inspires you to try this classic French dish and enjoy the journey of cooking as much as the final product. Bon appétit, everyone!

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