12/27/2010 04:42 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Holiday Recipe: Julia's Beef Bourguignon

We here at Economy Bites are hunkering down as the East Coast winter blizzard blows through our lives. We've worked crazy hard to bring you 45 episodes this year (phew!) and, well, we think we deserve a teensy little break. Today's episode, a Christmas inspired-take on Julia Child's Beef Bourguignon, will be our last for the coming little while. We'll return in February with episodes from our BRAND NEW kitchen studio!

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Beef Bourguignon


8 strips Bacon

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 1/2 lbs lean stewing beef cubes

2 carrot, sliced

2 stalks celery, sliced

2 Tbsp flour

3 cups white wine

2 cups beef stock

1 Tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp Thyme


-Preheat oven to 450

-Heat olive oil in a heavy pot or dutch oven. Saute bacon on medium low until fat is rendered. Remove bacon, keep heat on in pot with fat.

-Use paper towels to dry beef a few cubes at a time - moist beef won't brown.

-Slice carrots and celery. Set aside.

-Brown beef on high heat a few pieces at a time in the bacon fat, about 3-4 minutes per batch. until every piece is browned. Remove beef to paper towels.

-After all the beef is cooked, add celery and carrots to pot and saute until soft, about 5 minutes.

-Add beef back to pot and turn off heat. Add flour and mix until all the beef is coated. Put pot in oven for 5 minutes or until flour is browned

-Turn oven down to 325

-Add wine, beef stock, tomato paste and thyme to the pot. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover casserole with a lid and put it back in the oven for about 2 1/2 hours.