Boeuf Bourguignon

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Boeuf Bourguignon by Emma Eats & Explores - SCD, Paleo, Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Sugarfree, Clean EatingIs there anything better than a warm, hearty stew, when the weather is cold outside – and this is the most famous of them all, the classic French dish of Boeuf Bourguignon (beef casserole with added red wine and a fancy french name!) with a bit of a twist to make it grain and gluten-free.  Normally you would add flour to the pot to thicken the sauce but as I can’t eat flour I had to come up with another way – nobody wants a watery casserole.  Read on to learn the secret…

Start by preheating the oven to 150C and then, on the stove top, heat some olive oil and fry of the steak until it is browned on the outside – you can skip this step if you’re short on time but I think it gives a richer flavour to the end stew.  Make sure you’re using an oven proof pan, or casserole dish, or transfer it to one before you pop it into the oven later (preferably one with a lid).

Remove the browned steak from the pan and set to one side.  Chop the bacon into small pieces – I find this easiest with a pair of scissors, and fry it off in the juices left over from cooking the beef.

Peel and chop the shallots into quarters and add them to the pot with the bacon and then peel and slice carrots and do the same thing.Boeuf Bourguignon by Emma Eats & Explores - SCD, Paleo, Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Sugarfree, Clean EatingChop the mushrooms into quarters and peel and slice the garlic cloves.  Add these to the pot aswell.Boeuf Bourguignon by Emma Eats & Explores - SCD, Paleo, Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Sugarfree, Clean EatingAdd the beef back into the pot and season well with salt and pepper. Add the thyme and the bay leaves.Boeuf Bourguignon by Emma Eats & Explores - SCD, Paleo, Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Sugarfree, Clean EatingAdd the beef stock and red wine (any cheap red wine will do – don’t waste the good stuff on cooking!), put the lid on and place in the oven to cook for 2 and a half hours.  If your pot doesn’t have a lid you can always cover the entire thing with tin foil and it will work in the same way.Boeuf Bourguignon by Emma Eats & Explores - SCD, Paleo, Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Sugarfree, Clean EatingAfter 2 hours remove the lid and continue cooking for another 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally (every 10 mins or so) so that the meat on the top of the dish doesn’t dry out.  Leaving  the lid off for the last portion of the cooking time does two things.  Firstly it colours the meat to make it look more appetising and secondly, it evaporates off some of the liquid, thereby reducing the sauce, making it thicker without the need for flour.  Easy as that!

The Boeuf Bourguignon is ready when the sauce has thickened and the meat is tender and falls apart as you bite into it – the easiest way to test is to try a bit (cook’s privileges!)Boeuf Bourguignon by Emma Eats & Explores - SCD, Paleo, Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Sugarfree, Clean EatingYou can always leave the dish in the oven for much longer than the two hours if you want as long as its covered – a longer cooking time won’t do it any harm.  Make sure to remove the bay leaves before eating!Boeuf Bourguignon by Emma Eats & Explores - SCD, Paleo, Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Sugarfree, Clean EatingYou could also put all the ingredients in the slow cooker too and set it to cook all day – just make sure you leave the lid off to wards the end of the cooking time to evaporate some of the liquid off.Boeuf Bourguignon by Emma Eats & Explores - SCD, Paleo, Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Sugarfree, Clean EatingThis is the perfect dish for a winter evening – it’s hearty, delicious and so warming, full of protein and healthy veggies.  You can serve it with potatoes or dumplings if you want to add in some carbs.  I like it with green veggies and Cauliflower Mash.  It’s a great one for preparing and then leaving in the oven to cook while you go for a nice Winter Walk (or a drink at the pub!)

39 Comments Add yours

  1. Classic, simple, hearty and delicious. This stew is everything you could want in a beef stew!

  2. tcmdisqus says:

    oh this sounds delicious! Can’t wait to make!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  3. ontherytepaige says:

    Wow this looks delicious!

    1. Thanks! It’s tastes awesome too!! 😀

  4. Looks so hearty and comforting! Yum.

    1. It’s really great for gold autumn nights!! 😀

  5. This sounds amazing; I definitely want to put this on my “to try” list!

    1. Go for it! Let me know how it works out!!

  6. mrsbsock says:

    no, there really is nothing better then a warm hardy stew during the fall and winter!

  7. kage2015 says:

    I love making dishes like this. One pot meal and hearty and delicious.

  8. Oh, how I love classic one pot French classics! This version looks amazing!

  9. Dawn says:

    There are few things better than beef stew this time of year. Comforting, hearty, and satisfying, it never fails. This one looks great!

  10. OurFoodFix says:

    There are few things better than beef stew this time of year. Comforting, hearty, and satisfying, it never disappoints. This one looks great!

  11. certifiedpastryaficionado says:

    Boeuf bourguignon, I love it! Even since seeing it in the movie Julie and Julia, I’ve always wanted to make it. I must make it this season!

  12. This looks delicious, Emma! I’ve been wanting to try it ever since watching Julie & Julia. 😉 You’re convincing me to finally try it! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Allergy Free Thursday!

  13. I’ve got this going in my slow cooker right now as I don’t have a nice dutch oven. I can’t wait to dig in to this. It smells divine! Thank you, Emma!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I’m so pleased you’re trying it out – this has made my day! Hopefully you’ll love it!

  14. This was amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  15. bellesbleues says:

    Yyyeessss this looks so good 😍😍

  16. What a great, hearty winter meal!

  17. michelle says:

    This looks soo yummy and rustic and cozy…going to try it for sure! thanks

  18. kage2015 says:

    This looks so rich and delicious. Love the base broth and love the choice of veggies and meat.

  19. This looks fantastic! I need to add this to my meal plan for sure!

  20. blofmitt says:

    I love simple ingredients that come together to make one sensational dish! I am for sure making this before the weather turns warm. Thanks!

  21. Michelle says:

    All your dishes always looks so delicious, and this one is on exception!

  22. Krysten says:

    it’s cold, wet, and rainy outside right now. I need this cooking on my stove to make my day a little better!

  23. celeste says:

    Thanks for sharing this great insight with me. A lot of delicious info here!

    Warmly,
    Celeste | ohhelloceleste.com

  24. This looks delicious! Perfect cozy comfort food for a chilly night!

  25. Sara Garska says:

    This looks like the ultimate comfort food. Love the beautiful pictures!

  26. Neha Verma says:

    Yet another yummy recipe. I like the fact that your recipes are never over complicated..quiet easy to try at home if one wants to..

  27. Zen Jen says:

    I love that people can share recipes so freely.

  28. Yolanda says:

    This sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to try this!

  29. Well this looks yummy! I will have to try.

  30. Andrea Broom says:

    This is the ultimate comfort food recipe. I can imagine a delicious bowl. YUM.

  31. ajonsson31 says:

    Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! The ultimate comfort food. I just might have to make this for dinner tomorrow.

  32. I am SO making this before it gets too hot! This looks amazing!

  33. annalisanuttall says:

    Yum I LOVE Beef Bourguignon. It so simple and easy to make. Delish. xx

  34. This really looks so delicious that I’m drooling right now. Haha. Thanks for sharing.

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