RECIPE: Beef bourguignon

Beef it up with this family-friendly hearty French stew this winter

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This classic casserole will be sure to keep you warm this winter.

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THERE'S nothing better than a hearty winter stew to keep you going over winter.

This rich casserole originates from the Burgundy region of Eastern France, an area renowned for its excellent wines, and its prized Charolais cattle (hence the red wine and beef!).

It has the reputation (and the looks) for being a lot harder than actually it is. Don't let the name (and tricky spelling) fool you. In fact it's easy to make...but don't let on!

This timeless, full flavoured casserole style dish is ideal for both a family meal and stress-free entertaining.

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1.5kg chuck or boneless shin/gravy beef

4 sprigs flat-leaf parsley

4-5 sprigs of thyme

1 fresh bay leaf

2 cups red wine

1 cup beef stock

1 tbsp plain flour

1 tbsp olive oil

30g butter

12 (about 280g) small pickling onions or shallots, peeled

200g button mushrooms, stalks trimmed

250g bacon, rind removed, cut into short strips

1 cup water

METHOD

Cut the beef into 2.5-3cm cubes and place in a large bowl. Add the herbs and wine. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Drain the beef and put aside the marinade and herbs. Pat the beef dry with paper towels. Heat a large frypan over a medium-high heat. Brown the beef in 3 batches. Remove each batch and place in a casserole dish. Pour over the reserved marinade and herbs. Add the stock and flour. Stir to mix.

Cover the casserole dish, place in oven. Stir every 40 minutes or so, adding water if needed to keep the ingredients just covered. Cook until the beef is almost tender (about 80 minutes).

Heat the oil and butter in a small frypan, add the onions and cook stirring for 10 minutes or until lightly golden (but not soft), remove and set aside. Cook the mushrooms in 2 batches, adding a little more butter if needed, remove and set aside. Add the bacon to the pan, cook until crispy. Add the onions, mushrooms, bacon and water to the beef, stir gently to combine. Cook for a further 20-30 minutes or until the beef is tender.

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