200 g D’Orsogna sliced bacon cut into 1 cm lardons
2 tbsp plain flour
sea salt to taste
cracked black pepper to taste
INGREDIENTS (POTATO PUREE)
4 desiree potatoes, peeled and chopped in half
50g unsalted butter
sea salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
Place the onion, carrot and celery in a large bowl with the garlic, thyme and bay leaves. Cut beef into large 4 cm (1.5 inch) cubes and add to the bowl with the aromatics. Pour over wine to submerge meat and vegetables, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Remove beef from marinate and season well with salt and pepper. Reserve marinade liquid — this will be your sauce!
Heat butter and half the oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. When the butter foams add the meat and sear on all sides for a minute or two, you may need to do this in batches. Set meat and any pan juices aside.
Heat remaining oil in the same pot, add the pearl onions, mushrooms and carrot and cook until golden and caramelised on the edges, 2 – 3 minutes. Add the bacon and cook for a further 3 minutes.
Return seared beef and juices to the pan, sprinkle over the flour and stir well. Strain wine from marinade into the pot and discard marinade vegetables.
Cover the surface of the liquid with a baking paper lid (cartouche) bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 1.5 to 2 hours until beef is tender enough to pull apart with your fingers.
While the beef is simmering, place the potatoes in a pot of salted cold water, bring to the boil until soft. Strain and pass through a ricer
Bring the milk to the boil and add the potato puree, remove from the heat and add the butter, stir to combine well. Season to taste.
To serve, spoon Beef Bourguignon into a dish, sprinkle with parsley and serve with fresh pasta, mashed potato or even a big wedge of crusty French bread.