Kate's Cuisine

Jan 16 2010

Superb Beef Bourguignonne

1/3 cup all-purpose flour $0.07
1/2 teaspoon salt $0.01
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper $0.01
1/2 teaspoon paprika $0.01
3 pounds cubed stewing beef $15.75
2 tablespoons vegetable oil $0.14
2 leeks $1.50
2 onions $0.94
1 tablespoon butter $0.06
2 large crushed garlic cloves $0.02
1/4 cup chopped parsley $0.24
1/4 cup cognac or brandy $2.57
2 cups red wine $9.14
1 cup beef broth $0.50
1 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram $1.14
1/2 teaspoon salt $0.01
1/2 teaspoon black pepper $0.01

Total Cost $32.12

1.) Mix the flour with the salt, pepper, and paprika in a medium-sized bowl or plastic bag. Add one-third of the beef and coat evenly with the flour mixture. Heat the oil in a large wide saucepan set over medium heat. When the oil is hot, shake the excess flour from the meat and place the meat in the hot oil. Cook, turning occasionally, until the beef is well browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate. Coat and brown the beef in 2 more batches, adding more oil, if necessary. Save any remaining flour mixture.

2.) Discard the dark green ends of the leeks. Trim the roots and slice the leeks in half lengthwise. Rinse well under cold running water. Coarsely chop the leeks and the onions.

3.) Reduce heat to low, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the butter to the pan. Add the cut vegetables, crushed garlic and chopped parsley. Stir well and return the saucepan to low heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions start to soften, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with any remaining flour mixture and stir until evenly coated, gently scraping the bottom of the saucepan as you stir to lift off any brown bits.

4.) Place the meat back in the pan. Pour cognac over top and immediately ignite. Flambe for a few seconds, then stir in 2 cups of wine. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat to low and simmer gently, stirring often, until the meat is fork-tender, about 2 to 2.5 hours.

5.) Just before serving, taste the stew. If you would prefer a stronger wine taste, add another 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup red wine. Continue simmering for about 2 more minutes.

6.) Serve and enjoy!

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