Beef Bourguignon

April 6, 2016 1 Comments

Who doesn’t love tender braised meat in a rich wine sauce? There is nothing better than this French classic and no part of the cow that I enjoy more than it’s short ribs. Beautifully marbled, fatty, tender, beefy goodness. The short ribs pack a massive amount of flavor and generally are an inexpensive.

I prefer cooking this dish with the wine reduction which means you will need to prepare this one day in advance to allow for the maximum cabernet wine infusion into the meat. That being said you want to use a good bottle of wine for this dish. Tonight I’m paring the short ribs with Robuchon style mash potato and haricot vert with shiitakes.

Beef Bourguignon


  • 2 1/2 lbs boneless short rib (equal size portions)
  • 2 1/2 cups leeks (1/2 inch dice)
  • 2 cups onion (1/2 inch dice)
  • 2 cups carrots (1/2 inch dice)
  • 1 cup shallot (1/2 inch dice)
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 4 bay leaf
  • 6 cloves garlic hand crushed
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1 bottle cabernet sauvignon (don't be cheap)
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Misen en Place for Beef Bourguignon

Wine Reduction

Wine Reduction

First we need to create the wine reduction that will serve as the basis of this dish.  Start by adding half of the leeks, onion, carrot, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, all the shallot and the bottle of wine to a large ovenproof pot. Bring to boil over high heat then lower to simmer for 60 minutes until the wine reduces to a glaze. You want to reduce as much fat from the dish you can at every point, so take the time to remove the silver skin and excess fat from the short ribs. Portion them into equal sizes so that they cook properly.

Short Ribs Browning

Browning Short Beef Ribs

Season the meat with salt and pepper on all sides. Preheat a large skillet over high heat, add enough canola oil when it’s ripping hot to cover the bottom of the pan. Brown the meat in small batches making sure there is plenty of space between the pieces of meat. Take your time with this step and make sure all sides are perfectly brown. Always remember that browning on meat is flavor.Transfer the meat to a baking sheet lined with paper towels.


Beef Bourguignon Braising Liquid


Beef Bourguignon ready for braising

Create a bed for the beef by adding the remaining vegetables, garlic, thyme, bay leaf to the wine reduction. Mix the vegetables into the reduction then add the beef in a single layer. Top with beef stock until it just covers the meat. Cover with a tight sealing lid and cook in a 325 oven for 2.5 hours or until the meat is tender.You could technically serve this after it’s been braised, but ultimately you want to transfer the meat to a container and let it marinate in the braising liquid overnight. Run the braising liquid through a chinois several times before pouring it over the meat. Refrigerate overnight.

Reheat Beef Bourguignon

Reheat Beef Bourguignon

Day 2: Skim the fat on top of the marinated short ribs. Remove the meat from the liquid, place the liquid into medium sauté pan and reduce by 1/3rd. Season with salt and pepper as needed.  Place the meat into the braising liquid and  spoon over the top. Reheat in a 400 degree oven. Spooning the sauce over the meat every couple of minutes until warm ~8 minutes. Enjoy your Beef Bourguignon!




1 Comment

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    Reed Alanko

    April 30, 2016

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