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Beef Bourguignon with Baguette Dumplings

This incredible Beef Bourguignon features succulent, fork-tender beef and hearty mushrooms in a luscious red wine sauce. Serve it with crispy baguette dumplings for a creative spin on a beloved classic French stew.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Servings 4 to 6 as a Main Course (or 6 to 8 if served with a hearty side dish)
Calories 1004 kcal


Beef Bourguignon:

  • 2 pounds beef shin or stewing beef cut into chunks–the size will dictate how long it cooks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5 ounces lardons, cubes of smoked bacon, or pancetta
  • 12 frozen pearl onions thawed and blotted dry
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Pinch sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A handful of parsley stems
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 3 cloves
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms cleaned with a damp cloth and halved or quartered depending on size

Baguette Dumplings:

  • 7 ounces stale baguette or other bread including crust
  • 1 cup milk
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A handful fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter for frying


  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Season the meat and dust with 2 tablespoons of the flour. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat and fry the meat in batches until browned. Remove each batch, then fry the lardons, onions, and garlic in the same pan until golden brown. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons flour and stir for a minute until it starts to cook. Slowly add the wine, water, tomato paste, and sugar, stirring to make sure the flour dissolves evenly into the liquid, and scraping up any caramelized bits in the bottom of the pan. Return the meat to the pan.
  • Make a sachet by wrapping the bay leaf, parsley stems, thyme, rosemary, cloves, and peppercorns in a piece of cheesecloth and tying it with kitchen string. Add this to the pan as well and bring it to a simmer. Cover, place in the oven, and cook until the meat is fork tender and almost falling apart, about 2 hours (the time will depend on the size of your meat).
  • Cut the baguette into small cubes and place in a bowl. Bring the milk to a boil and pour over and stir so that it is absorbed evenly, then cover and rest for 15 minutes. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper and add the parsley, egg, and 1 tablespoons of flour. Mix to combine. If the mixture is too wet (it should be moist and only slightly sticky), add the remaining tablespoon of flour. Wet your hands a little to help stop the dough sticking to them, then make dumplings just smaller than a golf ball (I got 24).
  • About 20 minutes before the stew is ready, remove the bouquet garni, add the mushrooms and season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the butter in a large frying pan and fry the dumplings on medium-high heat for 5 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Serve the stew with the dumplings.

Notes & Nutrition

Make the stew a day ahead to give the flavors time to develop. Add the mushrooms before gently reheating. The dumplings can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 hours before frying.
Adapted from The Little Paris Kitchen
Beef Bourguignon with Baguette Dumplings Servings 4.0 * calories 1004 * Total Fat 38 g * Saturated Fat 13 g * Monounsaturated Fat 4 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 5 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 870 mg * Sodium 904 mg * Potassium 1308 mg * Total Carbohydrate 54 g * Dietary Fiber 4 g * Sugars 4 g * Protein 74 g
Beef Bourguignon Alone Servings 4.0 * calories 773 * Total Fat 29 g * Saturated Fat 8 g * Monounsaturated Fat 2 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 5 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 808 mg * Sodium 877 mg * Potassium 1168 mg * Total Carbohydrate 24 g * Dietary Fiber 3 g * Sugars 1 g * Protein 66 g
Baguette Dumplings Alone Servings 4.0 * calories 231 * Total Fat 9 g * Saturated Fat 5 g * Monounsaturated Fat 2 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 62 mg * Sodium 27 mg * Potassium 140 mg * Total Carbohydrate 30 g * Dietary Fiber 1 g * Sugars 3 g * Protein 8 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*