Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon with Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018: Let’s get cosy. Image: Supplied.

Sam Linsell’s Beef Bourguignon paired with Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

With the onslaught of cold weather that is about to hit the country, prepare yourself with this beef Bourguignon recipe up your sleeve.

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon with Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018: Let’s get cosy. Image: Supplied.

Get cosy this winter with a hearty Beef Bourguignon and a glass of Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018. It is the ultimate winter comfort food and wine experience by a roaring fire.

While this traditional dish may be considered old school, classic French cuisine never fails to satisfy. This recipe melds seamlessly with a top-class Cabernet Sauvignon.

This Beef Bourguignon recipe is Drizzle and Dip foodie Sam Linsell’s rendition of this much-loved French dish. Beef Bourguignon is a slow-cooked beef stew that’s incredibly flavourful, rich and delicious. The recipe traditionally comprises beef, red wine, mushrooms, bacon and onion. It takes some time to prepare this dish to allow the rich flavours to infuse. But every minute spent in the kitchen is well worth it!

With the onslaught of cold weather that is about to hit the country, prepare yourself with this beef Bourguignon recipe up your sleeve. And don’t forget to pair it with a bottle of Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018!

Beef Bourguignon Recipe

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Recipe by Dirnise Britz Course: MainCuisine: FrenchDifficulty: Moderate


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  • 1 bottle 1 of full-bodied red wine, preferably from Tokara

  • 1 tablespoon 1 olive oil

  • 60 g 60 butter (divided)

  • 1.4 kg 1.4 stewing steak such as topside, chuck, rump pot roast & silverside cut into 5 cm pieces (you can ask a butcher to do this)

  • 2-3 medium 2-3 carrots, peeled and cut into 0.5 cm rounds

  • 2 medium 2 onions, peeled, halved and sliced into 0.5 cm thick rounds

  • 2 tablespoons 2 flour

  • 1 teaspoon 1 Crushed black pepper

  • 750 ml 750 beef broth (3 sachets of concentrated beef stock from Woolworths)

  • 1 large 1 celery stalk cut in half

  • 1 bouquet 1 garni (3 sprigs fresh thyme, 2 fresh bay leaves, 4 stems flat-leaf parsley, tied together with a green leek leaf, or string)

  • 2 cloves 2 garlic, peeled and degermed (the middle germ grain removed), and cut in half

  • 16 small 16 white or pickling onions, peeled (or 8 small onions)

  • 1 teaspoon 1 coarse salt

  • 1 teaspoon 1 caster sugar

  • 125 g 125 lardons or chopped streaky bacon

  • 200 – 225 g 200 – 225 small button mushrooms, cleaned and with their stems trimmed

  • 1 tablespoon 1 finely chopped parsley

  • salt and pepper


  • Put the wine into a small pot and bring it to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes. Take the meat out of the fridge to bring it to room temperature and pat it dry with a paper towel.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saucepan or lidded casserole dish (such as cast iron). Add 45 g butter to the pan and when it foams add the cubes of meat to brown on all sides. You will need to do this in batches to prevent overcrowding the pan and boiling the meat. Turn the meat over with tongs or a wooden spoon ensuring you get a deep brown colour. Set the meat aside in another dish.
  • Put the carrots and sliced onions into the pan in which the meat was browned and cook for 5 minutes over very low heat, stirring a few times to prevent darkening.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the meat and return it to the casserole dish with carrots and onions. Add 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and cook over medium heat until the raw flour has been cooked out. This will take about 5 minutes.
  • Pour the beef stock into the pan along with the reduced wine, sliced celery stalks, garlic and bouquet garni. Simmer very gently over low heat for 2 hours. Check it every 30 minutes to give it a stir and skim off any foam that might appear on the surface.
  • While the meat is cooking, put the small onions into a saucepan with about 1 litre of water and a teaspoon of salt. Bring the liquid to a boil and simmer the onions for 2 minutes if they are very small and 5 minutes if they are bigger. Drain them in a colander.
  • Melt the remaining 15 g of butter in a medium-sized non-stick pan. Add the onions and caster sugar; season with pepper, cover, and cook over gentle heat for 20 minutes stirring the onions every 5 minutes until they are soft and caramelised on the outside. If your onions are bigger, pan fry for about 10 – 15 minutes and then add them to the stew 40 minutes before the 2 hours of cooking is complete. If you are using tiny onions set them aside on a plate.
  • Wipe the same pan as you cooked the onions and heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Fry the lardons (or bacon) over medium heat until golden brown and the fat has rendered out. Add these to the onions.
  • Add the mushrooms to the same pan and with the remaining fat, cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Season lightly with salt and pepper and then add these to the onions and lardons.
  • When the stew has been simmering for 2 hours and the meat is perfectly tender, remove any fat from the surface. You can use a fat skimmer. Or drape kitchen towel over the surface and lift the fat off. Remove the meat and carrots (and onions if you added these to the stew) with a slotted spoon and put them in a large, deep serving dish.
  • Add the lardons, onions and mushrooms into the same dish. Strain the meat sauce through a fine-mesh sieve and return to the pot. Bring it to a simmer for about 5 minutes to warm through and reduce slightly. Add seasoning to taste.
  • Pour the sauce over the meat and vegetables and sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with mashed potato.


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