"This recipe is posted courtesy of Williams-Sonoma. I take no credit for it's development and it is a wonderful, melt-in-your-mouth dish!"
4 1/2 lbs
boneless chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
fresh ground black pepper
button mushroom, quartered
thick slab bacon, cut into 1/4 inch dice
yellow onion, diced
1 1/2 tablespoons
1 (750 ml) bottles
pinot noir wine
white pearl onion, peeled
( 2 bay leaves, 4 thyme sprigs and 6 parsley sprigs, tied with kitchen twine)
chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
boiled potato, with parsley for serving
Preheat oven to 350 deg. F.
In a 6 3/4 quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the oil until just smoking. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Working in batches, brown the beef on all sides, 10 to 12 minutes per batch. Do not over crowd the pan. Transfer beef to large bowl.
Add the remaining 1 Tbs. oil and the mushrooms to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned, 6 to 8 minutes, adding 1 to 2 Tbs. water if the bottom of the pot becomes too dark. Transfer the mushrooms to the bowl with the beef.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the bacon to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is browned and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the bacon to the bowl with the beef and mushrooms.
Discard all but 1/4 cup of the fat from the pot. Add the yellow onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic, demi-glace and flour and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the wine and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
Return the beef, mushrooms and bacon to the pot. Add the broth, pearl onions and bouquet garni. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot with aluminum foil and then with the lid. Transfer to the oven and cook until the meat is fork-tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Skim the excess fat off the sauce, and remove and discard the bouquet garni. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the parsley. Serve the stew immediately with boiled potatoes. Serves 8 to 10.