Beef Bourguignon

This French classic is the perfect winter warmer. Tender chunks of beef stewing in a red wine and mushroom sauce, served with creamy mashed potatoes. Yum!


  • 500g beef stewing steak, cut into 2.5cm cubes
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 250g mushrooms, sliced
  • 250ml red wine
  • 250ml beef stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas 3.
  2. Season the beef with salt and pepper and dust with flour. Heat the oil in a large casserole dish over a high heat and brown the beef in batches.
  3. Remove the beef from the dish and set aside. Reduce the heat and add the onion and garlic. Cook until softened.
  4. Add the mushrooms and cook for a few more minutes.
  5. Return the beef to the dish and add the wine, stock, bay leaf and thyme. Bring to the boil, then cover and transfer to the oven. Cook for 2-2½ hours or until the beef is tender.
  6. Remove the bay leaf and thyme and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with mashed potatoes.

Potential changes & improvements

There are many different ways you can change up this recipe to suit your taste. Try adding some carrots or celery along with the onions and garlic. Or, for a richer flavour, use beef stock instead of red wine. You could also add some bacon for an extra smoky taste.

What other food it works well with

This dish goes well with almost any type of potato. Try it with boiled, roasted, or mashed potatoes. It also goes well with green beans or steamed broccoli.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake when making this dish is not browning the beef properly. Be sure to get a good sear on the beef before adding it to the casserole dish. This will help to lock in the flavour and make the dish more enjoyable.

Nutritional Information

This dish is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. It is also a good source of iron and vitamin B12.


This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Beef
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Red wine
  • Beef stock

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