France—Beef Burgandy

 

French Entreefrench beef burgandy

Beef Burgandy
Boeuf Bourguignon
(serves 6)

This dish requires marinating overnight—so leave plenty of time to make it. Best yet, make it all 2 days in advance, allowing a whole day for flavors to meld. Delicious!


Marinade and Beef
2 1/2 C burgundy or other red wine
2 carrots (peeled, 2” chunks)
1 medium onion (peeled, quartered)
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 bay leaves
2 1/2 lb. beef round—top, bottom, or eye (1" cubes)
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Stew
1/2 lb. bacon (diced)
2 T olive oil if needed
2 onions (peeled, cut in wedges)
2 cloves garlic (crushed or minced)
salt & pepper
3 T flour
1 1/2 C beef broth
18 small mushrooms
1 T. red currant jelly
1 tsp. tomato paste
fresh parsley (chopped)—for garnish

Day 1: prepare marinade and marinate beef cubes, covered, overnight.

Day 2: in a large pot, sauté diced bacon till crisp. Remove and pour off all but 2 T bacon fat. Drain beef cubes and reserve marinade (discard vegetables). Turn heat up high and quickly brown beef cubes, adding more oil if needed. Remove beef and set aside.

In same pot, over medium heat, sauté onions 10 minutes till light brown (not burned). Add garlic, salt & pepper; cook 2 more minutes. Return beef cubes to pot and stir in flour; cook another 2-3 minutes, till flour is browned. Add reserved marinade (including bay leaves), beef and beef broth.

Reduce heat, and simmer gently, uncovered, for 2 hours. Sauce should be reduced by half. Discard bay leaves. Stir in mushrooms, red currant jelly, and tomato paste. Cook another 30 minutes.

Serve: garnish with fresh parsley and serve with buttered noodles and Petite Peas. Oh, don't forget the French bread.

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Tips & Glossary

Bouquet Garni: (boo-kay gar-nee) bundle of herbs tied together with string or wrapped in cheese cloth square; usually parsley, thyme, bay leaf, and peppercorns. Flavor is released during long cooking.Remove before serving.

Chervil: (sher-vil) related to parsley but has a delicate anise flavor. Long cooking kills flavor, so add at the last minute.

Cornichon (kor-nee-shon) teeny-tiny pickle, served with pates & smoked meats; found in specialty food stores.

Fines Herbes: (feen-airb) mix of finely chopped herbs: parsley, chives, tarragon, & chervil. Not as strong as a bouqet garni. Buy it at most grocery stores.

Fromage: (fra-mahj) Cheese! The French eat more than any nationality, 45 pounds per capita per year; and the country makes more cheeses than any other country, about 400.

The three great pedigreed French cheeses are:
• Brie (East of Paris)
• Camembert (Normandy)
• Roquefort (Southwest France, from sheep’s milk)

There are also wonderful lesser-known cheeses:
• Beaufort (Rhone Alps, hard, yellow Gruyere-type)
• Chevre (Loire Valley, soft, goat’s milk)
• Comte (Alps region, hard, yellow Gruyere-type)
• Emmental (Alps region, “Swiss” cheese with holes)
• Gruyere (hard, yellow cheese—originally French, now most is Swiss)
• Tomme (means “cheese”; soft, many varieties, all from skim milk)

Herbes de Provence (airb-duh-pro-vonce): mix of dried herbs, usually thyme, rosemary, marjoram, basil, & bay leaf Can be found at most grocery stores.

Mutarde: (moo-tard), mustard. Most famous:
• Dijon ( from the town in Burgundy)
• Meaux (from Meaux, east of Paris; whole-grained; made by Pommery).

Nicoise Olive: (nee-swaz- oh-leev) small, purplish-black olive with a mellow, nutty flavor; used primarily in Salade Nicoise. The Picholine variety is a green, medium-sized olive with a light, nutty flavor.

Roux: (roo) paste-like mix of melted butter and flour, into which liquid is gradually added. The basis of every classic French sauce.
Basic Roux: 1 part butter to 1 part flour. Melt butter and add flour, stirring vigorously, till it becomes a paste-like consistency. At this point, add slowly whatever liquid your recipe calls for

 

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