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Beef {Beer} Bourguignon

Ingredients

  • 6 - 8 pieces bacon cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 - 3 pounds chuck roast cut into 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 inch cubes
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups malty beer I used my own home brew Irish Red
  • 5 or 6 fresh thyme sprigs or use dried thyme to taste
  • 2-3 garlic cloves pealed and roughly chopped
  • 2 onions pealed and quartered
  • 3 -4 baking potatoes pealed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cups baby carrots or 5-6 regular carrots pealed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 3 teaspoons flour
  • chopped parsley for garnish if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250
  2. Brown bacon in a Dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot over medium heat and set aside on a paper towel lined plate
  3. Generously salt and pepper the beef
  4. Increase heat to medium high and brown beef on all sides - work in batches and set each batch aside in a bowl - add olive oil as needed
  5. When all beef is browned add tomato paste and stir for about a minute
  6. Add beer and stir to scrape up all the brown bits
  7. Add beef and bacon back to the pot, cover and cook for 3 - 3 1/2 hours
  8. Add garlic, potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms, and bake another 45 minutes to an hour or when potatoes and carrots are fork tender
  9. Use a fork to smash flour and butter together in a bowl
  10. Transfer the stew to the stove, add flour/butter and bring to a boil
  11. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer for 10 - 15 minutes, or until liquid thickens