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This French classic, traditionally made with bacon, mushrooms and red wine, get a surprising twist with the velvety addition of dark chocolate. Your guests simply won’t get enough of this sumptuous, decadent version of tender beef and vegetables in a deep and hearty sauce.


Watch the Beef Bourguignon with Dark Chocolate recipe video

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If you’re looking for a rustic stew that’s packed with both new and familiar flavours, look no further. While Knorr Demi Glace helps give this dish its tremendous burst of flavour, here’s a tip that can make your dish taste even richer.


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Chef’s tips & techniques

  • For a fuller taste, use pure chocolate with a high percentage of cacao.
  • Top with shaved chocolate or use cacao powder for a signature look.
  • Instead of red wine, you can use bouillon to deglaze your pan.
  • Nutritional tip: Beef contains saturated fats. You can balance this by serving smaller portions.
  • Chef Mark’s top tip: “Reduce the sauce further after adding the red wine – this will remove any alcohol.”

 

FAQs

What chocolate is best for beef bourguignon?
Use pure or unsweetened chocolate for a richer, more balanced sauce.

What if I don’t have 3 or 4 hours to prepare the bourguignon?
By using a pressure cooker, you can reduce the time to 45 minutes.

For an authentic beef bourguignon, what other seasonal vegetables can I use?
Root vegetables like celery and beetroot also work well in this dish.

 

Ingredients

Beef bourguignon

  • 1.2kg beef rib fillets – for braising 
  • 30g vegetable oil
  • 200g bacon
  • 150g carrot
  • 200g onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 500ml red wine
  • 400ml prepared Knorr Demi Glace
  • 3 pieces bay leaf
  • 3 strings thyme
  • 3 strings rosemary
  • Dark chocolate


Vegetables

  • 20 pieces spring onion
  • 15 small new potatoes
  • 5 small artichokes
  • 200g brown mushrooms
  • 15 pieces small turnip
  • 20 pieces mini carrots

 

Preparation

Beef bourguignon

  • Cut the beef in equal parts approximately 2 x 2cm, and season with pepper and salt
  • Clean and cut the carrots, onions and garlic
  • Cut the bacon in small strips
  • Fry the beef in vegetable oil
  • Add the bacon to the carrots, onions and garlic
  • Deglaze with red wine
  • Reduce until 1/4 is left
  • Add the prepared Knorr Demi Glace
  • Simmer for about 3 hours until the meat is tender
  • Strain the stew
  • Finish the sauce with grated dark chocolate to your own taste
  • Add the beef back to the sauce


Vegetables

  • Clean and boil, then grill the potatoes
  • Boil the cleaned artichokes together with a splash of lemon juice  
  • Clean the carrots and turnips, boil them and stew in butter
  • Cut the mushrooms in quarters and fry them until golden
  • Clean the spring onions, then grill or stew

 

Assembly

  • Serve the stewed meat in a deep plate
  • Finish and divide the vegetables
  • Add the sauce
  • Decorate with fresh herbs