A few days ago, I bought a cheap bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from the local supermarket, with the initial intention of drinking it as a casual dinner wine. It turned out to be pretty bad for that purpose, and simply wasn’t going to be enjoyable, so i decided to use it to cook.
This is a simple version of boeuf bourguignon, which is a classic French dish of beef stewed with red wine and beef broth. A few things to keep in mind when preparing this dish:
- Leaner cuts of meat is typically used for this dish. In this case, we used chuck roast
- Because a lean cut is used, a bit of fat is needed when searing the beef. Bacon is used for this purpose and helps provide a nice caramelized crust to the beef before the braising process
- A long cooking time is needed in order to ensure that the meat is tender. If braising on the stove top, it is important to ensure that there is sufficient liquid to avoid food sticking to the bottom of the pot. If you find that the liquid is drying up and there hasn’t been sufficient cooking time, you may need to add in extra broth or water
That’s all there is to it! While the cooking time is long, you really only need to check up on it once in a while, so it’s not actually all that much effort and you can be doing something else while it cooks. Bon appetit!
- 2 strips bacon, cut into 1/2” pieces
- 2 tablespoons flour
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lb chuck roast, cut into 1” pieces
- 1/3 bottle dry red wine
- 1 1/3 cups beef broth
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 carrot, sliced
- 1.5 cups frozen pearl onions and peas
- 6 oz button mushrooms, stems removed
- Preheat a large skillet or nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat. Cook the bacon until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon. Set aside and leave pan on the heat.
- Combine the flour, salt, pepper and beef in a small bowl, until the pieces are lightly covered with flour. Add the beef to the hot pan and cook until all sides are golden brown.
- Remove the beef and add to a slow cooker. When all the beef has been browned, add 1 cup wine to the hot pan and scrape up any brown bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon. Pour over the beef, along with the rest of the wine, the broth, the tomato paste, bay leaves, and bacon pieces.
- Set the slow cooker to high and cook for 3 hours, until the beef is tender and falls apart with pressure from a fork. In the last 30 minutes of cooking, add, carrots, pearl onions and mushrooms. Right before serving, add the peas and simmer for a few minutes to cook through. Discard the bay leaves.
- Serve the stew by itself or over mashed potatoes, egg noodles, rice or with french bread.