Dijon and Cognac Beef Stew Recipe (2024)



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I used most of this recipe with much less mustard (family preference) and substituted bacon for the salt pork. Then I took a few tips from the NYT recipe for Auberge de la Madone's beef stew. I marinated the beef for a short time in red wine with fresh thyme, Rosemary, bay leaf, whole cloves and peppercorns. When the stew began to simmer I added the zest and juice of a small orange. All the flavors popped in the finished product. Excellent.


"Made exactly as instructed..."

This is, IMO, the key to good cooking. The first time I make something, I follow the recipe exactly. Once I know how the recipe is supposed to turn out, I can make adjustments. That said, I'm going to add the carrots sooner. ;-)


I've made this a couple of times, and it's great. HOWEVER, IMHO there is no need to spend $25 on a crock of Pommery mustard. It's very good mustard, of course, but really no better than most domestic whole-grain mustards that cost a buck or two in any supermarket. While some may prefer it in a blind tasting of mustards, any discernible difference is lost entirely in the stew.


Not your mother's beef stew! The sauce is exceptionally savory, thanks to all that mustard. I cooked this in my All-Clad braiser, with the lid fully closed and in a low oven. The sauce was plenty thick as it was, and I think it would have cooked off entirely had the pot been only partly covered, as called for in the recipe. Also, the carrots, cut somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 inch, took nearly an hour. This went very well with a Haut Medoc Chateau Aney 2011.


If you don't eat pork, and want fabulous flavour, try rendered duck fat, or if that's not doable (hey, I don't usually have duck fat around either) stick with some extra butter and a bit of olive oil.

Beverly Miller

This gets lots of yums. I served it for New Year's dinner to friends, and there was little in the way of leftovers. I never would have tried this if not for the other cooks' comments; I would have been scared off by so much mustard. It was the perfect company dinner--prepared the day before and terrific. I followed previous commenters' advice and cooked the carrots for a full hour. Perfect. And thanks to all who posted on this.


I made this with very minor variations-- bacon instead of salt pork, Armagnac instead of Cognac, double the mushrooms. Glad I'd read other comments - I did put the carrots in for a full hour of cooking and cooked with lid fully covering the pot.
This was one of the best beef stews I've ever had. And is now my new favorite.


I made this dish once before, in mid-September, 2001. I tripled the recipe and delivered it to a Red Hook (Brooklyn) firehouse, where the guys would return for some sleep and sustenance during their months-long marathon at the pile. Time to make it again and this time serve it to the family.


Delicious. I halved the recipe and needed to add extra broth to keep it moist. Used bacon grease to cook onion, shallots and meat. Also substituted a whole grain Maille Dijon mustard for the Pommery. Served over butter noodles (Neely's recipe from the Food Network). Be sure to slice carrots fairly thin as they don't have much braising liquid in which to cook. A definite repeat!


Since cognac is distilled and does not spoil after opened, I think Grandma was using that as an excuse to tipple the rest of the cognac :) Go Grandma!

mustard boy

This tastes like straight up corned beef. Its ok. I'd make it again but without the 1/2 cup of mustard, maybe reduce to 1/4 at the most. I like the braising for the beef. The last pro point i'd give this recipe is that after you use the 1/2 cup of cognac it's up to you to do whatever you want with the rest. I just drank mine because my grandma told me it spoils 3 hours after you crack the seal and she taught me to never waste and she was a part of the Greatest Generation


Sophisticated beef stew that will please many. Made exactly as instructed and found it to be savory with great depth of flavor. Carrots, however, needed more time as noted by others. After 30 minutes, they were still quite crunchy. For more tender carrots, add them 1 hour into simmer. Can't imagine kids liking this but who knows - maybe yours will! Will make again and will feel free to add other goodies such as pototoes as this is a great, flexible base.


Cover completely or it will dry out!


Made extra to feed 6-7 people. 2.5 pounds beef, extra carrots, added two large yukon gold potatoes. Pancetta to start. Extra broth, so there was plenty of liquid for carrots and potatoes to cook in. I added extra Dijon too, and it seemed too much. But made this a day ahead, and today the flavor is more complex, more meaty, the mustard less pronounced. I'm adding the red wine and mushrooms now, and also added a bit more beef stock, to mellow the mustard further. This is a keeper.


It's the whole-grain mustard in the recognizable white crock with a red seal from Meaux, about 25 miles outside Paris. It can be hard to find in some locations, as well as fairly expensive. I think any good whole-grain mustard would work here, especially if it's French.


This is delicious! My stew game is forever improved. I followed the slow cooker recipe. The only change was I added peas an hour before it was finished. Thank you Regina!!


Put carrots in for an hour. Add potatoes or serve over noodles. Try in oven with top on but stovetop worked, just time consuming.


I was very suspicious of the amount of mustard this recipe called for. But I took the plunge and I have to say, it didn't come out tasting just like mustard! It was very balanced in flavors! I cooked this in a slow cooker as the recipe instructed. I put it on "high" for about 3 hours then on "low" for another hour. Came out perfect. The meat was very juicy but textured. I served it with mashed potatoes and baguette. I also added some parsley on top for serving.


I used a lot of mustard. Maybe too much?


Made 4x and each time the carrots did not get soft even going well beyond the 30min before adding the mushrooms & red wine. BOIL CUT CARROTS BEFORE ADDING TO POT

Roni Jordan

I first discovered the Dijon and Cognac Beef Stew recipe in Bon Appetit 2/81 issue and have been making it ever since. Same ingredients, but made with 4 lbs of chuck. That recipe has more wine, more mushrooms, more everything, and if you’re putting in the effort to make this at least ensure that you’ll have some scrumptious leftovers for another meal. I cringe when I see only 2 lbs of beef, or halving the recipe. The beauty of stew is how it improves overnight in the fridge.


Did this in a pressure cooker, and used half the liquid as instructed for the slow cooker. I’ll cut back more next time, it’s a little too soupy. Cooked everything at high pressure for 40 minutes. I’ll use bigger carrot chunks next time, and maybe sauté the mushrooms separately but I was in a rush and this was fine.


I did about 2.5 lbs beef and 1 lb mushrooms and it lasted 3 nights with bread and noodles and broccolini.

BC Foodie

I used less mustard (grainy type not Dijon). My carrots took a longer time to cook. I served it over mashed potatoes and it was super hearty and welcomed on a cold winter night in January. Makes a lot for my little family though. I am thinking of freezing some of the leftovers for a future winter night. Will try. A stellar recipe even though I had to use some sub-par red wine as that was all I had open tonight. 5 stars for me!


If make again will reduce the mustard and put carrots in sooner


We have made this multiple times since I found the recipe about 4 months ago. Once I made it for a neighborhood soup party and everyone voted it #1. My husband says “outstanding” and that is unusually passionate about any dish. I understand why it’s suggested to take your time. Recipe doesn’t say where to use wine. I figured it was meant with the mushrooms, so I add it there.


Love this recipe, made it several times. Agree on whole grain mustard substitution and that carrots do need an hour. Where are the other 3 tbsp of Pommery mustard? Only cooked this in Dutch Oven, not slow cooker. It is my favorite stew.


I sautéed the carrots and celery (mirepoix) with the onions and shallots. The addition of celery didn’t detract from the flavor of the stew. I sautéed the mushrooms in the dutch oven after browning the meat but before deglazing with cognac to avoid using an extra pan. Tasted just as good as when I followed the recipe exactly and the carrots were tender this way. I also added a couple of bay leaves. Habit.


Bleh. Spent way too long making this icky stew.


I made this and it’s delicious- but utterly gray and disgusting looking? Nothing like the photo…why? Also 2 cups of beef broth didn’t seem like enough- there was no liquid after a short time of cooking- I added 2 cups of chicken broth.

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Dijon and Cognac Beef Stew Recipe (2024)


What can I add to my beef stew to give it more flavor? ›

Add spices such as turmeric, coriander and cumin at the early stage of cooking, when you are frying onions and garlic, to enhance the taste of the beef stew. Fresh herbs like coriander and bay leaves also contribute a distinct flavour without making the dish too spicy for the younger members of the family.

Can I substitute brandy for cognac in beef bourguignon? ›

Cognac is brandy made in the Cognac region of France. A moderately priced bottle of either will work just fine. They are essentially the same, one English name, one French. It is not essential to add brandy to a bourguignon as it's only a small amount used.

What not to put in a stew? ›

But the liquid itself should not be thick in the same way that gravy is thick. So skip the roux, and don't bother dusting the meat with flour or cornstarch before browning, either, as some recipes will suggest. That will just interfere with getting a good sear on the meat, and gum up the stew with unneeded starch.

What is the secret to tender beef stew? ›

The most important key to making stew meat tender is being sure to cook it for a long time. If you want super tender beef, you'll need to cook it on a low heat in a Dutch oven on the stove or a slow cooker for at least a few hours.

How do you deepen beef stew flavor? ›

Try adding soy sauce or Worcestershire for extra savory (or umami) flavor, a touch of honey or brown sugar for sweetness, lemon zest or vinegar for brightness or chili powder or smoked paprika for spice and depth.

How do you add depth of flavour to stew? ›

Dried mushrooms in a stew can add lots of depth of flavour. I soak them first and add the liquid too. 11. Whole spices like cinnamon, star anise or cloves are great added to a stew if you want your dish to have a warm, spicy flavour in a middle eastern style.

What is the difference between cognac and brandy? ›

Examples of brandy include pisco, armagnac or Obstler (a brandy produced in Austria and Switzerland). Cognac, however, is always made with grapes and has a very specific distillation and blending process located in a small, protected area in the southwest of France. considered as brandy, but not all brandy is cognac.”

Does brandy and cognac taste different? ›

Does Cognac Taste Different From Other Types of Brandy? There are a few characteristics that make Cognac stand apart from other types of brandy. Though made of grapes, Cognac often has additional nuanced fruit tones that suggest stone fruit, orchard fruit, citrus or even floral notes.

Does cognac taste the same as brandy? ›

Although it would be easy to say that cognac is a type of brandy and thus tastes like brandy, this isn't quite so. Cognac has indeed exclusive flavour sensations that are unique: sweet, spicy, fruity and bitter, depending on the cognac.

Why add vinegar to beef stew? ›

Tough stew meat will take a couple of hours to get tender, and the vinegar helps this happen as well as add special flavor. Then add the onions, carrots, celery, Brussels sprouts etc and cook until the vegetables are the way you like them.

Why is my beef chewy in stew? ›

When cooked in moisture, the collagen dissolves into a gelatin and the meat fibers separate more easily. The higher the cooking temperature, the tougher the meat fibers become; a boil produces rubbery, chewy stewing beef. A gentle simmer is necessary to tenderize the meat.

Should I add tomato paste to beef stew? ›

What does tomato paste do for beef stew? It definitely gives another layer of flavor and can thicken up your gravy. But it can also be very acidic so you might want to simmer finally chopped carrots in your sauce to give it some sweetness. And for me, there is nothing like fresh basil, parsley, and oregano.

Can you overcook beef stew? ›

What emerged was beef that dissolved into a dry, pulpy mass in your mouth as soon as your jaw moved. The flavor was there, all right, but the beef was totally destroyed (along with my mom's dreams of stew, and my ego). Turns out you definitely can overcook beef stew.

Does beef get more tender the longer you stew it? ›

Both of these meats are tough and chewy if you cook them up quickly, but cook them slowly and the collagen and fat within melts and tenderizes the protein, while also adding lots of flavor and body to the broth of your stew.

How to make beef tender like Chinese restaurants? ›

There are a few methods, but this is the easiest way:
  1. Sprinkle 3/4 tsp baking soda (bi-carbonate soda) on 250g / 8oz sliced economical beef cuts.
  2. Toss with fingers, leave for 30 minutes.
  3. Rinse, pat off excess water.
  4. Proceed with stir fry recipe. It can be marinated with wet or dry seasonings, or cooked plain.
Feb 23, 2019

How do you fix tasteless beef stew? ›

Add plenty of pepper and some salt and it should taste better. Using beef stock or red wine is better than water for the liquid. Use just enough to cover the meat and vegetables. It's better to use less liquid if possible so you don't end up having to thicken the stew later with corn starch or similar.

How do you fix tasteless stew? ›

Personally I would add as many aromatics and flavor enhancing substances that I like. If the stew is already finished, then you can sauté onions, garlic peppers, celery and carrots then add them to the stew. I would also add some herbs and finally salt and pepper to taste.

What ingredient and taste that you would add to enhance the flavor of a bland stew without adding more salt? ›

Things like cinnamon, turmeric, curry powders, fresh ground peppercorns, sage, tarragon and dill can all pick up where you left the salt out. Allow yourself some discovery. Without the added sodium, herbs and spices can offer a different depth of flavor especially if you grind them up yourself.

How do you brighten up beef stew? ›

This savory, rich stew may be named after one secret ingredient, but it's because of a complex mix of components that it succeeds so well. Tomatoes and tomato paste give it a sunny sweetness, finely chopped veggies lend a lot texture, and red wine and vinegar brighten everything up.

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