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i'm looking for a fantastic beef bourguignon recipe to make for a new year's eve dinner party. i'm toying with the idea of making thomas keller's recipe, but it seems so daunting for what is traditionally a pretty simple dish! i welcome any reccomendations! happy holidays to all!

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  1. I use Julia Child's recipe in "The Way to Cook"

    1. I normally use the recipe from julia and jacques cooking at home.

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      1. re: cassoulady

        I loaned out my copy of "Cooking at Home" and don't recall the specifics, but between the Boeuf Bourguignon in "The Way to Cook" and the one in Volume I of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," I prefer the latter. They're quite similar, naturally, but the recipe in Mastering includes bacon, and instead of a beurre manie, she sprinkles the beef cubes with a bit of flour during browning. That ends up serving the same purpose, but it also make the beef cubes a bit crispy on the outside, something I find rather delightful.

      2. Cooks Country has a great recipe that is less complicated than some and most of the work can be done a day or two in advance. It is premium content though, so you would need to be a member.

        1. The Joy of Cooking's recipe is my go-to recipe for this dish. I have the version that came out about 10 years ago (not the latest one with all the recipes that use Campbell's soup!). It's easy, doesn't use any special ingredients. The only thing is it does ask that you marinate the beef chunks in the wine and seasonings overnite, so you need to work that into the schedule. You do really need to do it too - I tried it without marinating, and it just didn't have the "Wow!!!" factor.

          1. My husband made this recipe from Gourmet on Sunday night. It was delicious, probably the best version I've ever had(though I haven't tried Julia's recipe mentioned above)

            http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

            He made the recipe as written except for adding a small bit of veal demi-glace with the tomato paste before adding the wine.