Recipe courtesy of David Rosengarten

Boeuf a la Bourguignon with Heartshaped Croutons

  • Total: 11 hr 40 min
  • Prep: 8 hr 10 min
  • Cook: 3 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

Marinade:

3 cups dry red wine

2 cups beef stock or canned broth

1/4 cup Marc de Bourgogne or good-quality brandy

1 large onion, chopped

2 small carrots, chopped

4 garlic cloves, sliced

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

10 peppercorns

12 parsley stems

4 whole cloves

4 allspice berries

1 bay leaf

3 pounds beef chuck, cut into 2 inch pieces

Salt and pepper

1/4 pound slab bacon (rind removed and reserved) sliced lengthwise 1/4 inch thick, crosswise into pieces 1/2inch wide

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon oil

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 pound pearl onions

4 tablespoon butter

Pinch of sugar

1 pound button mushrooms

Beurre Manie (equal parts flour and softened butter, mixed together, about 1 tablespoon each)

Heartshaped croutons:

6 slices firm white bread, crusts removed, cut into heart shapes

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine marinade ingredients and beef. Chill, covered, overnight. Drain beef, reserving marinade and vegetables separately; pat beef dry and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat oven to 275/F. Cover bacon and rind with cold water, bring to a boil and simmer 3 minutes. Drain. In a large casserole set over moderate heat cook bacon lardons in butter and oil, stirring often, until golden. With a slotted spoon transfer lardons to paper towels to drain.
  3. In casserole over moderately high heat brown beef in bacon fat, in batches. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from casserole. Add reserved vegetable mixture and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add reserved marinade liquid, tomato paste, reserved bacon rind and salt and pepper, bring liquid to a boil and cook in oven, covered, 3 hours. Skim fat from stew and drain meat and vegetables, reserving cooking liquid. Return liquid and meat to casserole.
  4. Meanwhile make vegetable garnish: In a skillet cover onions with water, add 1 tablespoon of butter, sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer onions until almost tender. Raise heat to high and reduce cooking liquid to 2 tablespoons. Continue to cook onions, shaking pan over heat, until golden brown and glazed. In a skillet set over moderately high heat, melt remaining butter and add mushrooms and salt and pepper to taste. Cook mushrooms, tossing often, for 7 minutes, or until firm. Add the onions and mushrooms to the casserole. Bring liquid in casserole to a simmer and add enough Beurre Manie, bit by bit, stirring constantly, to lightly thicken sauce.
  5. Make croutons: Brush both sides of bread with melted butter, arrange on a baking sheet and bake in a 400 F. oven until golden brown. Dip edges of bread in Bourguignon sauce and then in parsley.
  6. To serve: spoon meat and vegetables into shallow serving dishes and garnish with croutons.

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