Monday, May 14, 2012

Daring Cooks: Boeuf Bourguignon

Our May 2012 Daring Cooks’ hostess was Fabi of fabsfood. Fabi challenged us to make Boeuf Bourguignon, a classic French stew originating from the Burgundy region of France.

I'm going to keep this post a little short since I am in the middle of preparing for a long motorcycle trip this weekend.  I wanted to make sure to get a post out there though since this was so good.

I'll start by saying I have made Boeuf Bourguignon - sort of.  I have a crock pot recipe for burgundy beef and our family enjoys it.  Well Boeuf Bourguignon is not nothing like crock pot burgundy beef.  This was fantastic.  The flavor was way more rich and all the vegetables were perfect since they had not been overcooked with the meat.

I have been cooking for a long time but I don't think I have ever cooked a Julia Child recipe before.  This was a Julia Child recipe and she definitely does it right.  I think I was cooking a few hours straight for this dish.  Nothing was difficult but it was a lot of work.  You brown meat, then finish it in the oven.  You cook most of the other vegetable separately so each of them is done perfectly.  I don't even want to think about how long it took me to peel all those tiny onions.  Finally after cooking everything the sauce is strained and finished separately before putting everything together at the end.

Most times when I have a craving for some burgundy beef I will probably make my crock pot version - but for special occasions this is the way to go.  The extra time involved pays off.

If you would like to try this recipe you can find it at The Daring Kitchen recipe archive.