March 1, 2010

Beef Bourguignon


  • 1 1/2 cups red wine
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper, plus more
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 pounds rib-eye steak, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 pound bacon, diced
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil, if needed
  • 3/4 cup carrots, diced
  • 3/4 cup parsnips, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup pearl onions, frozen
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped Italian parsley leaves
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped oregano leaves
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup store-bought fried onions


In a nonmetallic bowl, combine 3/4 cup red wine, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons pepper and 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce. Add the rib-eye steak and let marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
In a large saute pan, on high heat, add the bacon and cook until crisp. When crisp, remove to a paper towel lined plate, reserving the fat in the pan.
Remove the beef from the marinade, pat dry and add to the pan with the bacon fat. Cook over medium-high heat, browning the meat on all sides. Remove the meat from the pan, to a plate. Add extra oil, if necessary, to amount to 2 to 3 tablespoons of total fat in the pan. Add the carrots, parsnips, and the frozen onions. Cook until the onions are light brown, approximately 10 minutes.
Add the flour to the vegetable mixture to make a roux. When the roux begins to brown, add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Deglaze with the remaining red wine and stir in the beef broth. Reduce over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add the browned beef, cooked bacon, thyme, parsley and oregano. Adjust seasonings, to taste, with remaining 1 teaspoon of salt and fresh cracked pepper. Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with Parmesan and fried onions and serve immediately.

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