Make Ahead Beef Bourguignon



MAKE-AHEAD BEEF BOURGUIGNON

6 servings

I made this delicious make-ahead meal for the holiday season with Denitra 'Chef Dee Dee' Coleman in 2017.

Prep Time: 12 hrs

Cook Time: 4 hrs

Total Time: 16 hrs

Ingredients:

For the Beef:

3 pound boneless beef chuck roast (cut into 1-inch cubes)

2 onions (peeled, diced)

2 cloves garlic (peeled, smashed)

1 tablespoons fresh thyme (leaves)

1 tablespoon cracked black pepper

2 bay leaves

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cups red wine

For the Stew:

2 tablespoons olive oil

6 tablespoons butter (divided)

1/2 pound thick cut bacon (cut into 1/4-inch slices)

3 cups carrots (peeled and sliced into rounds)

2 tablespoons tomato paste

4 tablespoons flour

1 cup organic beef broth

1 pound frozen pearl onions (thawed, peeled)

3/4 pound cremini mushrooms (sliced)

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)

2 cloves garlic (peeled, minced)

crusty bread (to serve)


Directions:

For the Beef:

In large ziptop bag, combine the beef, onion, garlic, thyme, black pepper, bay leaves, olive oil and red wine. Seal the bag and refrigerate overnight.

For the Stew:

Preheat oven to 300ºF.

Remove the beef from the marinade and dry with paper towels. Season the beef generously with salt and pepper. Reserve the marinade.

In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the beef to the Dutch oven, and brown on all sides, about 4-6 minutes per side. Remove the meat to a plate. Add the bacon and cook until browned and fat has rendered but not crisp. Add the carrots, and continue to cook until lightly caramelized, then add the tomato paste and cook for an additional minute, while stirring and scraping the bottom of the pot to prevent the tomato paste from burning . Sprinkle the flour over the beef and the vegetables, and stir to coat. Cook until the flour is absorbed and lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining marinade and beef stock and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and bake in the oven for 2-2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

In a medium saute pan over medium-low heat, add 2 tablespoons of butter and the pearl onions. Season the onions with salt and pepper and continue to cook until lightly brown on all sides, about 8-10 minutes. Then add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, mushrooms and garlic to the pan. Cook until golden brown, about 6-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside until the beef is finished cooking.

Remove the stew from the oven and add the onions and mushrooms to the pot and stir to combine. Season to taste, and allow to sit for 20 minutes before serving. Serve with crusty bread.


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