Beef bourguignon recipe

I have made beef bourguignon many times it is one of my favorite meals.  For several years I adjusted things using the famous Julia Child recipe as the basis. I find that my final version is just as tasty and saves a bit of time. Finally if you have the willpower to make this the day before you serve it, you will be rewarded with an even deeper flavor the second day.

Beef Bourguignon Recipe

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time3 hours
Total Time3 hours 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Servings: 6 People


  • 1 Tbls Olive Oil
  • 3 Lbs Beef Top Round Cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 2 Each Large Carrot Cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 8 Slices Bacon Diced
  • 1 Each Large Sweet Onion Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Pearl Onions
  • 6 Each Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 3 Cups Red wine I use Merlot
  • 2 Cups Beef Stock
  • 3 Each Bay Leaves
  • 1/2 Tsp Dry Thyme
  • 2 Tbls Fresh Parsley Fine Chop
  • 1 Lbs Baby Bella Mushroom Quartered
  • 2 Tbls Butter
  • 2 Tbls Flour
  • 2 Tbls Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Salt


  • Pre Heat Oven to 350 Degrees
  • In a 7.5 Qt Dutch Oven cook the bacon until just crispy and remove leaving fat in pan
  • Pat the beef cubes dry. Brown room temperature top round cubes in batches so you do not crowd the pan. Remove to bowl with bacon bits
  • Sautee the carrots and diced onions in the remaining oil about 4 minutes. Add garlic and sautee 1 minute. Add the olive oil and flour and cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes stirring constantly so you do not burn the flour.
  • Pour the stock and red wine into pan stirring and breaking up the bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the beef and bacon back into pan. Stir in tomato paste, bay leaves, parsley and thyme.
  • Cover and transfer to the oven. Cook 90 Minutes add the pearl onions. Re Cover and cook 75 minutes.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet to very hot then add the butter and mushrooms. Cook at high temp until nicely browned. Then add the mushrooms to Dutch oven for last 15 minutes cooking time.
  • Remove from oven and check the thickness of the "gravy". It should coat the back of a spoon. If to thin simmer uncovered for a few minutes to reduce. If it is to thick thin slightly using beef stock


I serve this over "No Yolk" egg noodles or mashed potatoes 

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