Ina Garten’s Beef Bourguignon

Ina Garten’s Beef Bourguignon ~ the ultimate homey dish from the Queen of comfort food herself! This easy beef stew will quickly become a family favorite.

A pot of Ina Garten's Beef Bourguignon

I have to say right up front that I am a little biased…Ina Garten is by far my chef. She’s like Martha without the ego, Julia without ‘the voice’ and the crazy techniques, Nigella without the suggestive spoon licking,  Rachel without the hyper-chatter, and Paula without the gooey this and gooey that. She’s kinda perfect. In a good way.

I could have chosen a million different dishes to make in honor of Ina, but I chose Beef Bourguignon because it represents a lot of what she’s all about. I would classify Ina’s style as simple, classic American comfort food, influenced by a passion for French life and cuisine. She and her husband Jeffrey made a four month sojourn to France early in their marriage that inspired a lifelong love of all things French. Throughout her career Ina has explored French cooking and has infused a French attitude towards food into her classic American dishes. Here she’s taken the venerable Beef Bourguignon, a dish that Julia Child taught us to make in excruciating detail, and simplified it… made it more friendly.

garlic for Ina Garten's Beef Bourguignon

Her recipes are so well loved that they have a tendency to morph into family favorites and become so entrenched in our kitchens that we claim them as our own…her Parmesan Chicken has become one of ‘my’ signature dishes, the way so many recipes from the Joy of Cooking or Fannie Farmer have been been assimilated into our food culture over the generations. Part of the reason for this is that Ina’s recipes are almost always foolproof. You can count on them.

Fresh thyme for Ina Garten's Beef Bourguignon

For me, anyway, the appeal of Ina’s cooking style is that it’s not overly ‘branded’; it’s not regional, ready in 30 minutes, diet-friendly or swimming in butter. From coconut cupcakes and lemon curd to lentil soup, it’s real food for real people, and whatever Ina is cooking is always exactly what I feel like eating.

Browning beef for Ina Garten's Beef Bourguignon

But Ina’s franchise is as much about a lifestyle as it is about recipes. It’s the dreamy Hamptons New York world of cute little butcher shops, cheese mongers and creative florists whom Ina calls upon to help her craft parties, gatherings, or even just a special dinner for two. It’s a world where you walk outside your kitchen door into a sprawling herb garden, your adoring husband (and biggest fan) is always arriving home from work or a business trip just in time for his favorite perfectly roasted chicken, and neighbors pop over eager to barter something amazing in exchange for a batch of your brownies.

Mushrooms for Ina Garten's Beef Bourguignon

And somehow Ina manages to convey all this without a hint of superiority or entitlement. Maybe it’s her self-effacing giggle, that adorable upturned nose, or the swing of her impossibly shiny bob. She’s your dear friend next door, the aunt you always wanted, your best inner self.

A bowl of Ina Garten's Beef Bourguignon

Did I mention that I love Ina?

For more of Ina inspired recipes on the blog…

 

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Ina Garten’s Beef Bourguignon

Ina Garten's Beef Bourguignon ~ the ultimate homey dish from the Queen of comfort food herself!  This easy beef stew will quickly become a family favorite.
Course dinner
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 8 ounces dry cured center cut applewood smoked bacon diced
  • 2 1/2 pounds chuck beef cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound carrots sliced diagonally into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 yellow onions sliced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic 2 cloves
  • 1/2 cup Cognac
  • 1 750 ml. bottle good dry red wine such as Cote du Rhone or Pinot Noir
  • 1 can 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour use a gluten free flour or thickener if desired
  • 1 pound frozen whole onions
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms stems discarded caps thickly sliced

Instructions

  • Set oven to 250F
  • Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is lightly browned. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a large plate.
  • Dry the beef cubes with paper towels and then sprinkle them with salt and pepper. In batches in single layers, sear the beef in the hot oil for 3 to 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove the seared cubes to the plate with the bacon and continue searing until all the beef is browned. Set aside.
  • Toss the carrots, and onions, 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of pepper in the fat in the pan and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the Cognac, stand back, and ignite with a match to burn off the alcohol. Put the meat and bacon back into the pot with the juices. Add the bottle of wine plus enough beef broth to almost cover the meat. Add the tomato paste and thyme. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and place it in the oven for about 1 1/4 hours or until the meat and vegetables are very tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Combine 2 tablespoons of butter and the flour with a fork and stir into the stew. Add the frozen onions. Saute the mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of butter for 10 minutes until lightly browned and then add to the stew. Bring the stew to a boil on top of the stove, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Season to taste.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

 Notes:  I was too chicken to ignite the cognac, I just let it evaporate ‘naturally’. I also added the carrots along with the mushrooms towards the end of the cooking process instead of in the beginning with the onions. I really don’t like mushy carrots. I skipped the bacon (I was out) and used half the bottle of wine. It all turned out wonderfully.

 

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  • Reply
    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    March 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    5 stars
    I was just over at Spice Garden and realized I made a lot of Ina’s recipes. I feel the same way you do. Everything I have ever made has come out top self. This one happens to be one of our favorites. Great photos.

  • Reply
    Thyme (Sarah)
    March 16, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    5 stars
    O.k. you have me totally convinced! I love Ina too! No really, I do. You reminded me how much I enjoyed her cooking series a few years ago. I think I’ll see if they are now on Netflix. I would love to watch them again now that I have become more serious in the kitchen. Oh, and that Boeuf Bourgignon…my all time favorite dish.

  • Reply
    annie
    March 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    5 stars
    Sue,
    What a fantastic dish to represent our favorite Game Changer…Ina! I’ve been wondering for weeks which recipe you would choose. Your photos are amazing…I know I always say that…but they are! A bowl of chopped carrots or a mug of fresh thyme never looked more beautiful!
    xo
    annie

  • Reply
    Mary
    March 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    5 stars
    Sue, your photos of her stew are really wonderful. This truly is a remarkable recipe and I know it is one that all who try it will enjoy. She is a fantastic cook. So are you. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • Reply
    Veronica Gantley
    March 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I can remember the first time I made her beef bourguignon. It is a bit simpler than Julia Childs. Just as tasty though. This screams comfort.

  • Reply
    Victoria
    March 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I’m on my way over…

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    March 16, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I love Ina too. I’ve always enjoyed everything I’ve made from her books and they always go over well with a crowd! I love that picture of the thyme in the cup. Beautiful pictures.

  • Reply
    Miranda
    March 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Mmmm, I have yet to make a beef bourguignon – maybe I’ll do it for #50. This looks perfect.

  • Reply
    Ashley
    March 16, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    This looks so yummy!!!

  • Reply
    Soya Products
    March 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    5 stars
    Nice post. You had explained about the recipe in very nice manner. Thanks for sharing this dish.

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