How To Make Beef Bourguignon

 Beef Bourguignon is a difficult one that will require some time, patience, and an open mind. This is not a recipe for beginners. It is not meant to be easy or quick. It requires ingredients you might already have in your pantry or refrigerator at home; many of which you will probably never use again after making this dish.


How To Make Beef Bourguignon


Ingredients 
6 tablespoons olive oil 
6 slices bacon, chopped 
3 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 
1-inch cubes 
3 onions, chopped 
9 cloves garlic, minced 
1 cup all-purpose flour 
1 cup red wine 
2 beef bouillon cubes (or 4 cups beef broth) 
1 cup milk 
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced 
2 tablespoons tomato paste 
2 bay leaves 
15 peppercorns (optional) 
Salt and pepper to taste (about 5 pinches of salt and 3 pinches of pepper) 
Vegetables such as potatoes and carrots (optional)

Preparations
1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the bacon and sauté until it is just browned. Remove the bacon from the pan and set it aside.
2. In the same saucepan brown all of the meat on all sides until it has a nice brown color on all sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove the meat from the pan and set it aside on a plate or in a bowl.
3. Add flour to the saucepan and whisk to blend with oil and bacon drippings. Cook for about 1 minute stirring constantly to cook out any raw flour taste (this is called "deglazing" the pan). Once you have removed all of the raw flour taste add onions, garlic, salt, pepper, tomato paste and bay leaves to the saucepan. Cook until onions are translucent (about 5 minutes).
4 . Add wine and continue cooking for about 10 minutes, this is to cook off the alcohol.
5 . Add beef broth and milk, bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer.
6 . Place beef in a saucepan with cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms, and potatoes (if pre-determined vegetables are desired). Simmer until beef is tender (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours).
7. After stew has cooked remove bay leaves and serve with garlic bread or French baguettes.
How To Make Beef Bourguignon