Slow-Cooked Boeuf Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon – a rich French stew with red wine, shallots and mushrooms. Delicious, hearty and so easy! Feed a crowd or freeze a batch of our comforting beef bourguignon. This classic recipe uses slow-cooked beef and red wine for a deliciously rich stew.
Serves: 4
Prep: 30 mins
Cooking: 2 hours 30 mins


  • 700g beef stewing steak
  • 100g smoked bacon, cut into small chunks
  • 350g shallots, peeled and cut in half
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 sprigs of rosewary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 thyme stalks
  • 1 celery stick, cut in two
  • 20cm piece of kitchen string
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 bottle of good red wine
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 150ml water

For the celeriac and potato mash

  • 450g potatoes, peeled and chopped into 3cm pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 50g butter
  • 100ml double cream
  • 1 head of celeriac, peeled and cut into 2cm pieces
  • salt and milled pepper


Preheat the oven to 160°C / Gas mark 3.

Heat a large casserole dish and add one tablespoon of olive oil.
Put the diced chunks of beef into a large bowl and toss it in the flour, ensuring it’s all well covered.

Fry the beef in batches, adding the olive oil as you need it. Keep some olive oil back for the next step. Once it’s browned, put the beef into a bowl.

Add the smoked bacon and shallots to the dish you fried the beef in. Use a little more olive oil and cook until the bacon starts to crisp and the shallots start to turn brown.

Add the sliced garlic and chestnut mushrooms and cook for a few minutes.

Take one piece of celery, lay the herbs along its length, put the second piece on top and tie it up with the string, then place in the pan.

Put the beef back in the pan with any juices, add the Worcestershire sauce and tomato puree and cook for a few minutes.

Pour in the red wine and 150ml water.

Bring the pan to a simmer, put on the lid and cook for 2 1/2 hours, gently stirring halfway through and adding a little extra water if it looks like it’s drying out.

The celeriac and potato mash:

Bring two saucepans of water to the boil.

Place the celeriac in one and the potatoes in another.

Add a garlic clove to each with a pinch of salt and cook for about 12 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

Drain them and leave them to dry for a few minutes.

Put the vegetables back into one pan, add the butter, cream and some salt and milled pepper.

Mash until creamy.


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