Monday, November 21, 2011

Burgundy Beef Stew

I was gifted The Betty Crocker Christmas cookbook many years ago.  This was the first recipe I tried, and never got to any of the others.    As you can see in my little cookbook diary below, I make this a lot during the winter.  It really warms me up inside.  I recommend using a nice Burgundy wine, and not adding in the bacon at then end.  I always bake some crescent rolls with this to make it a little more substantial.  

As always, let me know if you decide to give this recipe a whirl.  Enjoy!  


Ingredients:

6
slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
2
lb beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces (boneless chuck eye or bottom round roast)
1/2
cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2
cups dry red wine (I use Burgundy from Trader Joe's)
1 1/2
teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves (fresh has better flavor)
1 1/4
teaspoons salt
1
teaspoon beef bouillon granules
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
clove garlic, finely chopped
1
dried bay leaf
2
tablespoons butter or margarine
1
package (8 oz) sliced fresh mushrooms (3 cups)
4
medium onions, sliced
Chopped fresh parsley, if desired (I always skip this part)

Directions:
In 4-quart Dutch oven, cook bacon over low heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp; remove bacon with slotted spoon. Refrigerate bacon

Coat beef with flour. Cook beef in bacon drippings over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until brown. Drain excess fat from Dutch oven.

Add wine and just enough water to cover beef in Dutch oven. Stir in thyme, salt, bouillon granules, pepper, garlic and bay leaf. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 1 hour 30 minutes or until beef is tender.

In 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Cook mushrooms and onions in butter, stirring frequently, until onions are tender. Stir mushroom mixture and bacon* into stew. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Garnish stew with parsley.

*Note, I do not put the bacon in at the end.  I think it adds a weird, unnecessary texture.

18 comments:

Josie said...

Okay, I'm not a big stew person. But this sounds FANTASTIC. Hearty... Delicious... Warm. Obsessed.
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Adele said...

Such great comfort food. I don't eat beef so would have to use chicken xoxo
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colleen said...

this looks amazing, and i've always wanted a good recipe to try this. definitely giving it a whirl after thanksgiving.

Gawgus things... said...

Sounds like exactly what's needed this time of year! XX

The Blonde Duck said...

This is one of Ben's favorite meals! He eats it over noodles!

Mal said...

Yum, this looks so great, and perfect time of year for stew!

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Kathy S said...

Yum. That's sounds amazing. I love trying out new stews so I will definitely have to give this one a go.

Portuguese Prepster said...

looks so yummy and hearty!

Bad Joan said...

sounds delicious!

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FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

this sounds so yum! And crescent rolls on the side make it so much better! xo

OneCraftyFox said...

Oh, yum!! I just purchased the Julia Childs cookbook on Saturday :)

ShinyPrettyThings said...

oh this looks so delicious!! perfect for a cold night like tonight. hehe your crescent rolls look just like they do in the pillsbury commercials! guess there wasn't much false advertising lol

High Heels & Good Meals! said...

Girl I wanted to lick the screen! LOL! This stew looks delish!!!

Joanna said...

Delicious! I've actually made this before and loved it. Such a great and filling stew. Perfect for the season!

Stephanie said...

You had me at bacon.

yiqin; said...

i like the beef sterw!!

joanne hegarty said...

Yum - sounds delicious especially in cold weather

Love your cook book notes - very cute and efficient !

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xx

Michelle said...

YUM. I've been looking for a new beef stew recipe. Cant wait to try this one - I'll let you know how it goes.

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