Saturday, August 4, 2012

Boeuf Bourguignon #SundaySupper #CookForJulia

Although summer is getting closer and closer to an end, the heat continues to rise and rise! Last weekend I made a fabulous Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Pie, which involved absolutely no cooking whatsoever...a perfect way to beat the heat. Yesterday I spent an entire afternoon with the stove on for 3 hours making Boeuf Bourguignon...somewhat of a contradiction wouldn't you say? But, it was well worth it, because not only was this dish amazingly delicious, in fact it was the best thing I've ever eaten, but more importantly I made it for a special #SundaySupper, to honor and celebrate a cooking legend, Julia Child. August 15th, 2012 would mark Julia's 100th birthday, and since this is such a special occasion, I decided to make a special dish of Boeuf Bourguignon.

 Let me tell you, this dish will make your kitchen smell absolutely amazing! We're talking get your man to propose or convince your hubby it's time for a baby kind of's just that good. As said best by Julia, it is "one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man."

Makes 6 Servings

6 strips of bacon
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 pounds beef stewing meet, such as Chuck Roast, cut into 2-inch cubes
1 sliced carrot
1 sliced onion
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons flour
3 cups of a full-bodied red wine
2 cups beef stock
1 cup diced tomatoes
2 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 crumbled bay leaf

Brown-Braised Onions (see recipe below)
Mushrooms sauteed in butter (see recipe below)


Fill a large pot with 2 quarts of water. Add the bacon strips to the put and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Drain and dry with paper towels. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

In a large Dutch oven, saute the bacon in the olive oil over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes, until slightly browned. Remove the bacon to a side dish. Reheat the Dutch oven until fat is almost smoking before you saute the beef.

Dry the beef very well in paper towels (this is to ensure that it will brown). Season the beef with salt and pepper. Saute a few pieces at a time in the bacon fat until browned on all sides. Remove the beef from the pan and add it to the bacon on a side dish.

In the same fat, brown the carrots and onions. Season with a little salt and pepper. Once the vegetables are browned, returned the beef and bacon to the pan. Sprinkle the flour over the beef and toss to coat. Set the Dutch oven, uncovered in the middle position of the oven for 4 minutes. Toss the meat and return to the oven for another 4 minutes. This is what helps the meat to get a nice brown crust. Remove the Dutch oven and place on the stove. Turn the oven down to 325 degrees.

Stir in the wine and add enough beef stock so that the meat is almost covered. Add the tomatoes, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, and bacon. Bring to a simmer on top of the stove. Cover the Dutch oven and place in the lower third of the oven. Continue to check that the heat is just at a low simmer for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. The meat is done when tender enough to break with a fork.

While the beef is cooking, prepare the onions and mushrooms.

Brown-Braised Onions
18-24 peeled white onions
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup beef stock
2 large thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf

Place butter and olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter and oil is bubbling, add the onions and saute about 10 minutes, rolling over the onions so that they will brown. Be careful not to break their skins.

Pour in the beef stock, season to taste, and add the thyme and bay leaf. Cover and simmer slowly for 40 to 50 minutes until the onions are perfectly tender but retain their shape, and the liquid has evaporated. Remove the herbs. Set aside until the beef is finished cooking.

Mushrooms Sauteed in Butter

1/2 pound Crimini mushrooms, washed, well dried, and sliced.
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil

Place butter and olive oil in a heavy skillet over high heat. When the butter and oil is bubbling, add the mushrooms and thyme. *Here is the most important tip-I learned that I have been sauteing mushrooms all wrong!* Toss and shake the pan for 4-5 minutes. While the mushrooms are sauteing, they will first absorb all of the fat, making the pan dry. In 2-3 minutes the fat will reappear on the surface, and the mushrooms will begin to brown. As soon as they are browned lightly, remove the heat. Set aside until the beef is finished cooking.

Directions Continued:

When the meat is tender, pour the contents of the Dutch oven into a sieve set over a saucepan. Return the beef, bacon, and vegetables to the Dutch oven. Cover the contents of the Dutch oven with the brown-braised onions and mushrooms sauteed in butter.

Skim fat off the liquids in the saucepan. Simmer sauce for a minute of two, skimming off additional fat as it rises. You should have about 2 1/2 cups of sauce thick enough to coat a spoon lightly. If the sauce is too thin, boil it down rapidly. If too thick, mix in a few tablespoons of beef stock. Season the sauce to taste. Pour the sauce into the Dutch oven, over the meat and vegetables.

Cover the Dutch oven on the stove and simmer for 2-3 minutes, basting the meat and vegetables with the sauce several times. Serve the Boeuf Bourguignon on a platter with boiled potatoes or crusty bread on the side, and of course enjoy a glass of wine after all your hard work!

And if you're thinking this Boeuf Bourguinon sounds like a whole lot of trouble, I will leave you with a few words of wisdom from Julia herself, "...nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should."

My #SundaySupper friends have whipped up some marvelous recipes to celebrate Julia Child so please be sure to stop by and see what they've made!

#CookForJulia Breakfast

Râpée Morvandelle by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings 
Croissants by Cookistry 
Cheese and Bacon Quiche by Tora’s Real Food

#CookForJulia Lunch

Tuna Salad Nicoise by Magnolia Days 
Blood Orange, Walnut, and Rocket Salad by Granny’s Down Home Southern Cooking 
Croque Monsieur by Webicurean
Spinach and Cream Cheese Pancakes by Happy Baking Days 
Julia’s Chicken Salad by My Trials in the Kitchen 
Pissaladière Niçoise (Onion Tart with Anchovies and Black Olives) by The Wimpy Vegetarian
Provencal Tomato Quiche by Are you hungry?
Quiche Lorraine  Spoon and Saucer 
Potato and Onion Soup (Potage Parmentier) by Shockingly Delicious

#CookForJulia Dinner

Bouillabaisse by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen 
Boeuf Bourguignon by Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence
Orecchiette Con Broccoli Di Rape and Sausages by Doggie at the Dinner Table 
Boeuf Bourguignon by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Veal Stew with Onions and Mushrooms with Baked Cucumbers and Boiled Potatoes (Blanquette de veau a l’ancienne with concombres au buerre) by Kimchi Mom
Salmon en Papillote by Girlichef
Poached salmon with cucumber sauce by Katherine Martinelli

Lobster Souffle and Deviled Chicken- Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends 
Roasted Chicken with Julia’s Mustard Marinade by The Meltaways
Wild Mushroom and Herb Stuffed Chicken- Mama Mommy Mom
Puree of White Beans with Garlic and Herbs (Brandade á la Soissonaise) Avocado Pesto
Poulet au Porto by Family Foodie 

#CookForJulia Sides

Hollondaise over Blanched Asparagus by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Scalloped Potatoes with Milk, Cheese, and Garlic (Gratin Dauphinois) by Home Cooking Memories 
Ratatouille by Basic N Delicious 
French-style country pate by There and Back Again
White Bean Dip with Homemade Tortilla Chips Momma’s Meals
Oeufs à la Diable by What Smells So Good?
Soubise by The Weekend Gourmet
Ratatouille by Cupcakes and Kale Chips

#CookForJulia Desserts

Cream Cheese and Lemon Flan by Juanita’s Cocina
Strawberry Sherbert in Cooky Cups by Cravings of a Lunatic
Creme Brulee by Wine Everyday
Mousseline Au Chocolat by Small Wallet Big Appetite
Peach Tarte Tatin by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Cinnamon Toast Flan by Vintage Kitchen Notes
Dark Chocolate Crepes by Family Spice
Crepes Fines Sucrees by Mangoes and Chutney
Pommes Rosemarie:Apples Rosie  The Daily Dish Recipes
Espresso Soufflé by Chocolate Moosey
Best Ever Brownies by In the Kitchen with Audrey
Orange-Almond Jelly Roll Cake by Mrs. Mama Hen
Orange Spongecake Cupcakes by Mama’s Blissful Bites
Orange Mousse with Greek Yogurt by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
Frozen Chocolate Mousse by Big Bear’s Wife

Wine Pairings: Relishing Food and Wine; Thanks to Julia Child! by ENOFYLZ


Samantha @ Ferraro Kitchen said...

WOW! you made this spectacular! Thank you so much for being a part of #SS and spending hours over the stove :) When I made this I had the same reaction as you! well done!

Renee Dobbs said...

Looks so good I want to stick my spoon in the screen and get some right now. Yum!

Cindys Recipes said...

Looks so inviting, Chelsea!

Jen @JuanitasCocina said...

This looks so comforting! And ever since I saw "Julie and Julia" I've wanted to make this dish! YUM!

Ellen B Cookery said...

I love beef bourguignon, but have never made Julia's famous recipe. Need to give this a try. Looks delicious!

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

Oh, I can almost smell it from here!! That is some serious comfort (the smell and the dish) food. Beautiful!

Tora Estep said...

I am definitely going to try this when the temps cool down a bit (although I spent hours baking yesterday for the same great purpose, but you know). It looks fantastic!

Linda A. Thompson Ditch said...

This is one of my very favorite Julia dishes, and it looks like yours came out delicious!

FamilySpice said...

I've made beef bourguignon for my family many times - it is always a crowd pleaser! Yours looks beautiful!

Anne @ Webicurean said...

@Renee LOL I was thinking about grabbing some french bread and sopping up that juice! This looks to die for!

Chelsea said...

Thank you ladies! Jen I love that movie!

Sarah said...

The beef looks fall off the bone tender! yummmm!

Miss Messy said...

Looks great! :)

Family Foodie said...

Chelsea this dish looks magnificent! It is now on my must try list. It looks like one my boys would devour. Love that you are part of our #SundaySupper group and love your posts.

Sarah Reid said...

So hearty, so rich, so perfect for winter weather - even if it's still Summer!!

Amy Kim said...

Classic! Need to add this to my list of "dishes to make"!

Beautiful photos!

Kristin said...

I love this recipe and Julia Childs. What a fun way to celebrate! Got her cookbook for Christmas a few years ago and have loved everything I've tried :)

Lane said...

Beautiful dish! One of these days I will find the time to make it :)

Keyona said...

OMG THIS LOOKS AMAZING!!! I can't wait to cook this for my hubs!!!

Brandie @ Spoon & Saucer said...

This is the BEST Beef Burgundy around, and so worth the effort. I had to stop myself from licking the screen, we loved it so much when I made it! Well done!

Kim Bee said...

This is incredible. I love the way this turned out. Wish I was at your house for dinner. Superb choice for SS.

Sunithi Selvaraj, RD said...

ooh yummy !! Love that you use red wine for this recipe ! It looks so rich.Am thinking of making this with Venison ! Thanks for sharing !

Chelsea said...

Ooo Venison! Now that's an idea!

Renee said...

Looks like it was a lovely dinner! Nice job. :)

Angie Barrett said...

I have always wanted to make Julia's Boeuf Bourguignon! This looks so good! I am so making this soon!

Barbara Bakes said...

Boeuf Bourguignon is the perfect recipe to make to celebarte Julia. Yours looks fantastic!

Susan said...

I can smell that through my computer! My mouth is watering just looking at those photos! This was my mom's signature Julia dish and I love it! Yours looks just as wonderful.

The Wimpy Vegetarian said...

This is such a wonderful classic French dish, and a perfect "Julia" choice. Your photos are beautiful!!

Mama.Mommy.Mom. said...

I've had dinner, and was not the least bit hungry, but I'm suddenly starving! This looks so amazing and will definitely be on our menu after vacation.

Jamie @

mommasmeals said...

I am so putting this on my must make list for this fall, this looks awesome and I already know my hubby would love this!! Thanks for sharing #SundaySupper!

Heather Lynne said...

I made this for #SundaySupper as well; wasn't it delicious? Yours looks incredible. Next time I want to leave the beef chunks bigger like you did.

Bobbi said...

Thank looks absolutely fabulous! Thank you somuch for sharing it on Manic Monday!!

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Robyn Osborn said...

Your recipe is making me hungry! Thanks for linking up at Foodie Friends Friday party!

Ericka Breedlove said...

This dish looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

Spatulas On Parade said...

Oh my! That looks so delicious!! I was just reading this recipe earlier this week on a news site that was honoring Julia Child. Now I know I HAVE to make it. Thanks for linking up with our Foodie Friends Friday linky party! Dawn

Marlys Folly said...

this looks great. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Remember to come and vote for your favorite recipes today.

Ilan @ said...

I don't even eat beef and that looks amazing!

Emily said...

I don't think you can get better than this for a good super. Happy Birthday Julia!

The Cooking Actress said...

Ooooh I am a meat & potatoes kind of gal! This looks amazing! My boyfriend would totally flip for it too :P

ana lee said...

I like the beef stew. Looks very fulfilling and savory.

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