Video: Boeuf Bourguignon: 5 Easy Secrets to Transform Your Recipe

French Wine Explorers | Thursday, Jan 7th 2021
Boeuf Bourguignon

In this video, we interview Adeline Borra of Terroirs by Adeline in Burgundy on 5 secrets to Boeuf Bourguignon magic.

We talk about the following secrets to transform any recipe:

  • What cut of meat is best for Boeuf Bourguignon
  • How to marinate
  • What is the best wine for Boeuf Bourguignon
  • Bouquet garni
  • Secret ingredient to add at the end

Also covered:

  • Surprise meat cut you should try -for those who are adventurous and wanting to replicate one of our favorite Burgundy producer’s recipes.
  • Deep dive into 3 wines at 3 price points from Burgundy
  • What do you serve as a side dish
  • What is a good cheap French or American wine for cooking

In the video notes on YouTube is the recipe Adeline uses, and a link to her demo video on the recipe.

Beef bourguignon is a beef stew braised in red wine, often red Burgundy, and beef stock. It is flavored with carrots, onions, garlic, and a bouquet garni. Garnishes include pearl onions, mushrooms, and bacon.

It is a popular French dish. The name probably refers to the use of wine from Burgundy. However, beef bourguignon is likely not a regional recipe from Burgundy. It started as a peasants’ recipe, possibly dating from the Middle Ages (400-1400 A.D.), as a way to slow-cook tough, unwanted cuts of meat using ingredients they had on hand.  

Beef Bourguignon was first mentioned in cookbooks in 1903, by chef Auguste Escoffier. We often associate this dish with Julia Child. Her recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking is a timeless piece of art, and this video helps you to recreate that magic at home. 

We feature this meal on many of our Burgundy private and small group tours!