Here is a recipe for a flavor-filled Braised Beef Burgundy Stew.
Braising is simply a cooking method that helps you stretch your budget without giving up taste. In fact, you can really step up the flavor with herbs and spices. With braising, you take a less expensive cut of meat, sear it to lock in flavor and then slowly cook it with the lid on.
Burgundy is a wine from Burgundy in France. According to Dr. Vinny from Wine Spectator if someone’s referring to a red Burgundy, they are talking about a Pinot Noir. Chardonnay is the primary white wine grape grown there; when someone refers to a “white Burgundy,” they're talking about a Chardonnay.
Here is a link to Dr. Vinny's article - https://www.winespectator.com/articles/difference-pinot-noir-burgundy-wine-54554,
In this recipe, the meat is cooked with tomato paste, red wine, beef broth, bay leaves, and fresh thyme.
Serve with a loaf of delicious French bread, to layer in the French theme!
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 3 - 3½ hours Serves: 4-6
Ingredients 6 slices thick-cut bacon, diced 2 lbs. beef chuck, cut into 1-inch pieces Sea salt and black pepper, to taste 1 small red onion, chopped 1 cup frozen pearl onions 2 large carrots, sliced diagonally 3-4 garlic cloves, minced 8 oz. white mushrooms, roughly chopped 3 T. almond flour 1 T. tomato paste 3 c. dry red wine 1½ c. beef broth 2 bay leaves 4 sprigs fresh thyme ¼ c. fresh parsley, chopped
1. Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 325°F.
2. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until crispy, approximately 4-5 minutes. Transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels and blot off excess grease. Set aside.
3. Drain and discard all but 1 tablespoon bacon grease from Dutch oven. Add beef chunks and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides, approximately 4-5 minutes. Remove beef and transfer to the same plate with the bacon. Set aside.
4. Add red onion, pearl onions, carrots, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the veggies become fragrant and translucent, approximately 4-5 minutes.
5. Add mushrooms and sprinkle with almond flour. Cook, stirring frequently, for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken.
6. Return bacon and beef to the Dutch oven. Add tomato paste, red wine, beef broth, bay leaves, and fresh thyme. Season with additional salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.
7. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, cover, and transfer Dutch oven into the pre-heated oven. Cook for 2½ to 3 hours, stirring every 40-50 minutes.
8. Remove from oven and discard bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Serve immediately topped with fresh chopped parsley, if desired. Enjoy!
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