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Sumptuous Beef Bourguignon with Burgundy, Bacon, Button Mushrooms and Baby Onions

Enriched with red wine and flavoured with bacon, mushroom, and baby onions, this sumptuous beef bourguignon recipe from Jamie Oliver is sure to impress at your next dinner party.

From the book

Jamie Oliver


1.5kg beef cheeks, trimmed
4 large carrots
4 sticks of celery
4 cloves of garlic
1 onion
2 tsp Dijon mustard
4 bay leaves
1 small pinch of ground cloves
750ml Burgundy or Pinot Noir
50g plain flour
20g unsalted butter
6 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
200g shallots
400g button mushrooms
½ a bunch of flat-leaf parsley (15g)

Essential kit

You will need: a large casserole pan.


Get ahead: Chop the beef cheeks into 5cm chunks. Wash, trim and chop the carrots and celery into 3cm chunks. Peel the garlic and onion, then roughly chop. Place it all in a large bowl with the mustard, bay, cloves, a generous pinch of black pepper and the wine. Mix well, then cover and refrigerate overnight.

On the day: Preheat the oven to 160ºC. Pour the contents of the beef bowl into a colander set over another bowl. Pick out just the beef and pat dry with kitchen paper, then toss with the flour. Put a large casserole pan on a medium heat and melt the butter with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. In batches, brown the floured beef all over, turning with tongs and removing to a plate with any crispy bits once browned. Tip the veg into the pan, and cook for 10 minutes, or until starting to caramelize, stirring occasionally and scraping up any sticky bits. Return the beef to the pan, pour over the reserved wine and 750ml of boiling water, then bring to a simmer. Cover with a scrunched-up sheet of damp greaseproof paper and transfer to the oven for around 4 hours, or until the beef is beautifully tender, topping up with splashes of water, if needed.

To serve: When the beef is perfect, turn the oven off. Slice the bacon, then place in a large non-stick pan on a medium-high heat. Peel, chop and add the shallots, tossing regularly, then trim and halve or quarter the mushrooms, adding to the pan as you go. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden, stirring regularly. Finely chop and toss through the parsley leaves, then pour the contents of the pan over the bourguignon and season to perfection, tasting and tweaking. Serve with the mash (page 290 of Together) and garlicky greens (page 291 of Together).

CALORIES 345kcal FAT 13.2g SAT FAT 4.8g PROTEIN 34.4g CARBS 11g SUGAR 4.2g SALT 0.7g FIBRE 2.8g


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