Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon

One of Julia Child’s most iconic dishes: Boeuf Bourguignon.

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Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon
One of Julia Child's most iconic dishes: Boeuf Bourguignon.
Course main course
Cuisine french
Braised Onions
Sauteed Mushrooms
Course main course
Cuisine french
Braised Onions
Sauteed Mushrooms
  1. Remove the rind from the bacon/pork belly.
  2. Cut the pork into lardons (1/4in x 1 1/2in).
  3. Simmer the lardons in 1 1/2 quarts of water for 10 minutes.
  4. Drain the lardons and pat dry.
  5. Preheat oven to 450F/230C.
  6. Brown lardons in 1 TB olive oil in a heavy casserole or Dutch oven (not shown).
  7. Remove the browned lardons to a plate.
  8. Brown the beef (small batches at a time) in the bacon fat.
  9. Once browned, remove beef from pot and continue with the rest of the beef in small batches.
  10. Sautxe9 sliced onion and carrot (optional) in the same pot until softened.
  11. Return beef and lardons to the pot.
  12. Add 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, and 2 TB flour. Toss to coat.
  13. Put pot in oven for 4 minutes uncovered.
  14. Toss again and return for another 4 minutes.
  15. Reduce oven temperature to 325F/162C and remove pot.
  16. Add about 3 cups red wine and enough beef stock to cover.
  17. Add 1 TB tomato paste, 3 smashed garlic cloves, 1 sprig thyme, and 1 bay leaf. Bring up to a simmer.
  18. Cover and place in the oven for 3-4 hours. If needed, adjust the temperature to maintain a simmer.
  19. Add 1 1/2 TB each of butter and olive oil to the skillet over medium heat. Once warm, add ~20 pearl onions.
  20. Sautxe9 the onions, rolling them to get an even browning.
  21. Add 1/2 cup beef stock, salt and pepper to taste, 1 sprig thyme, 1 bay leaf, and 2 sprigs parsley.
  22. Cover and let cook for 40-50 minutes until the onions are tender and the liquid is mostly evaporated.
  23. For the mushrooms, add 2 Tb butter and 1 TB olive oil to a pan over high heat.
  24. Add 1lb mushrooms and shake/toss for about 5 minutes.
  25. When lightly browned, remove the mushrooms from the heat and set aside.
  26. Remove pot from oven when beef falls apart.
  27. Pour stew into a sauce pot through a fine mesh sieve.
  28. Return beef and lardons to the clean pot.
  29. Add mushrooms.
  30. Add the onions (carefully).
  31. Skim fat off of the sauce.
  32. Return sauce to stove and let simmer for 1-2 minutes, skimming fat as needed, until it is your desired taste and thickness.
  33. Pour sauce over the meat and vegetables.
  34. Cover and let simmer over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  35. When everything is heated through, you are ready to serve.
  36. Garnish with parsley and eat!
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4 Replies to "Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon"

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    Amin Ardon May 4, 2014 (10:30 am)

    This looks so yummy. Will it turn out okay if I leave out the bacon?

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    Pandara May 4, 2014 (11:01 am)

    I think it would be just fine!

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    Ramya Menon November 17, 2014 (7:23 am)

    Did you know this is Superman’s favourite dish! 😉 Gotta be awesome then!

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    Nirmala Prem November 18, 2014 (8:32 am)

    superman sure had some super taste! 😉 this dish looks divine, pandara…

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