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Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon is the standard by which all others are measured. It takes time & it’s worth it! Perfect with a good bottle of red wine!. Julia Child was one of America’s first (and dare I say greatest) It’s like this beef bourguignon, perhaps her most famous recipe and the subject. I have just finished watching Julie and Julia and I have decided that next weekend I am going to make BOEUF BOURGUIGNON for my husband, older brother.

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It was her passion for food which led her on the journey. It was her charm, relatability, and contagious adoration of food which grabbed the attention of adoring fans all around the world.

Julia changed the way home cooks thought about food. She made expert culinary techniques accessible to everyone, in a manner which could inspire even the most novice cook to jump in head first.

Because Julia understood that we learn best through trial and error. She understood that there is no such thing as a bad cook, only cooks who needed more practice.

And she understood that even the most experienced cooks encountered the occasional kitchen disaster. Julia viewed food as one of the greatest pleasures in life, a pleasure worth the small sacrifice of a wider waistline. Who needs to be a size 4 anyway??? She embraced cooking as an art form akin to ballet. And she cooked with the same inspired strokes of an artist to create timeless gastronomical masterpieces. But she was often criticized by nutrition-minded individuals for her use of rich ingredients, like butter and cream, which in excess could lead to health problems.

If fear of food continues, it will be the death of gastronomy in the United States. We should enjoy food and have fun. It is one of the simplest and nicest pleasures in life. I love this woman. Well-prepared food is a pleasure to be enjoyed, even within the framework of a healthy lifestyle. Julia understood what really mattered.

I started making beef bourguignon a few years ago as our Christmas dinner. We entertain a large crowd on Christmas and for a few years, I experimented with various menus, all delicious, but the beef bourguignon stuck.

But when I think of Julia, I think of beef bourguignon, and so it had to be. While I waited for my beef bourguignon to finish cooking, I turned on some music and danced in the kitchen with my boys.

Then I poured myself a glass of wine bourguignn spread some creamy brie onto slices of French baguette. Gather and prepare your ingredients prior to cooking. Arrange the beef chunks in a single layer on a tray lined with paper towels. Use additional paper towels to thoroughly pat the beef dry. In a large dutch oven pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook for several chilx, until the bacon is browned and has released most of its fat. Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon, leaving the fat in beouf pan.


Regular sliced bacon will work just fine!

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Do not overcrowd the pan. The beef should quickly develop a nice caramelized brown on the surface. Turn the beef to brown on all sides, then remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Repeat until all of the beef has been browned. If your beef is not browning properly, it is either due to the heat not being high enough, the pan being over-crowded which lowers the heat of the bacon fator the beef being too damp.

Try adjusting each of these conditions. Once all of the beef has been browned, add the carrots and onions to the pan. Cook for a few minutes until they develop a golden brown color. Then, carefully pour out the excess bacon fat, leaving the veggies in the pan. Add the beef and bacon back into the pan. Toss with salt and pepper. Then, sprinkle the flour over the mixture and toss again. Place the pan, uncovered, on the middle rack of the preheated oven for 4 minutes.

Toss the mixture, then cook for 4 more minutes. Add just enough beef stock to barely cover the beef. Use something you enjoy drinking.

In fact, I think she would have encouraged it. Bring to a simmer on top of the stove. Then, cover the pan, and place it in the oven. Cook, covered, for about 3 hours. Adjust the temperature slightly, if necessary, so that the liquid maintains a gentle simmer throughout the cooking time.

Add the onions and cook for about 10 minutes, occasionally shaking the pan to allow the onions to roll around in the pan and brown on all sides. Then, add the beef stock. Bring to a simmer, then lower the heat. Cover and simmer slowly for about minutes. Check the pan towards the end of the cooking time. Most of the liquid should have evaporated and formed a brown glaze around the onions. Season with salt and pepper. Just be sure to defrost completely and pat dry before sauteeing.

Fresh onions will require longer cooking time, about minutes. As the liquid evaporates, the mushrooms will acquire a golden brown color. Once the beef has finished cooking, carefully pour the mixture through a sieve or strainer. Allow the sauce to collect in a large measuring cup the 4-cup kind or glass bowl. Return the beef and bacon to the dutch oven pan.

Discard the carrot and onion pieces. Allow the sauce to rest for a few minutes.


Beef Bourguignon (Julia Child Recipe)

The excess fat will rise to the surface as bourtuignon rests. Use a spoon to collect and discard the excess julix. Repeat until much of the excess fat has been discarded. It should be quite flavorful and thick enough to lightly coat the back of a spoon. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, as desired. Pour the sauce over the beef, mushrooms, and onions. Serve over boiled potatoes or hot-buttered noodles.

Julia recommends a side of buttered peas as an appropriate veggie side. This dish reheats exceptionally well. Simply bring to a gentle simmer on the stovetop for a few minutes, until all components are heated through. On behalf of all Julia Child fans, Thank You for sharing your photos and modified recipe. Having been at that first Christmas dinner with this wonderful meal, I have to say, it was fabulous! Thanks Julia and Amy!

I made this following your instructions for a dinner party this evening, it was a bourgkignon out.

Thank you so much or posting this, I will definitely be oohing again!! Dear Amy, Thank you very much for sharing this amazing recipe!

People should know bouryuignon to cook eat well. I have a question, in trying to make this dish a little bit more healthy BUT keeping the flavor. What is your thoughts on using the Wegmans grass fed beef.

Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon

Compared to the regular beef stew at 17 grams of fat, the grass fed is only 2. My thought is with all the slow cooking and flavors it might actually work.

What do you think? Thank you and thank you for putting this wonderful recipe together. I printed off every page and just love the work you did. The regular stew beef really does produce the tastiest, tenderest result, but this is such a flavorful dish, that it is still delicious with the leaner, grass-fed beef. Thank you for getting back to me!

Can I make this without the wine? Do I use all beef broth? Please respond soon making this for thanksgiving. Yes, you can definitely follow the same recipe using additional beef stock in place of the wine. The taste will still be delicious, though definitely different from traditional beef bourguignon.

You could also use a non-alcoholic red wine in place of the wine if the alcohol is your concern. Hi, I just made this and made a mistake bourugignon only using 2 cups of beef stock instead of 3 cups.