Brian and I had a dinner party on Saturday night with some of my best girlfriends and their boyfriends and I made a simple version of beef bourguignon that I think is a must-share! It is just one of those dishes that is perfect for a dinner party and really impressive to serve, mainly because of how delicious it is. I called my mom earlier in the week and asked her if she could set aside a few hours on Saturday to teach me how to make the dish she had mastered after all her years of cooking.
Before I get into the recipe for the beef, I have listed a few elements that from my few but fun experiences in hosting are essential for successful and enjoyable night :)
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2) wine, plenty of it, and champagne to toast
3) a dish that can be prepared before-hand so that you're not working in the kitchen and can actually entertain your guests
4) lots of candles to set a nice atmosphere
For the Beef Bourguignon...
- 18 pearl onions - peeled
- 3 large carrots, sliced
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil for frying the beef
- flour for flouring the beef
- 2 pounds of stew meat, cut into bite size pieces
- 1 bottle of red wine
- 1/8 teaspoon thyme
- 3 bay leaves
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup of diced tomatoes (from a can is fine)
- salt and pepper
- fresh parsley for garnishing
- 1 lb of fresh pappardelle (ribbon-like pasta)
- cut up all your vegetables so that they are ready to add when needed
- pat dry your beef with a paper towel for more even browning
- flour your beef chunks and start browning all four sides of each piece in a frying pan with the cooking oil
- add the browned beef to a dutch oven
- add the minced garlic, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes to the beef
- add an entire bottle of red wine
- sprinkle in the herbs and salt and pepper
Right before you are ready to serve, cook the pasta, drain and add the butter to it to give all the noodles a nice coating. Add to your dishes, top off with your sauce, and sprinkle on your parsley!!
not my photo but sort of what it looked like!