Peel and cut the
Russet Potatoes (2)
in half lengthwise. Next, cut potato halves crosswise into 4 pieces to yield 16 equal chunks and place them in a medium saucepot. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat.
When very tender, approximately 20 minutes, remove from heat, drain in a colander and return to pot with a lid to keep warm. In a small bowl, stir
Beef Bouillon Cube (1)
with 1/2 cup of warm water to make broth and set aside.
Meanwhile, wipe the
Cremini Mushrooms (1 cup)
with a damp paper towel and cut it into quarters. Remove stems if desired. Finely chop the
Garlic (1 clove)
and set aside. Mince the
Fresh Chives (6 stalks)
and set aside for garnish.
Remove leaves from
Fresh Thyme (3 1/2 Tbsp)
and chop; discard stems and set aside. Dice the
Bacon (1 slice)
into 1/4-inch pieces, set aside, then pat dry the
Beef (1 lb)
Season beef with 1/4 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper and set aside.
Fill a second medium saucepot with 5 cups of water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, heat a 3-inch deep large saute pan over medium-high heat, add 2 pats of
Butter (to taste)
, and heat until melted.
Add beef and sauté for 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Transfer to a plate.
Add diced bacon and cook for 1 minute; stir frequently.
Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes or until browned.
Tomato Paste (1 tsp)
, and only 1/2 of the chopped thyme; stir. Add
Red Cooking Wine (1/2 cup)
increase the heat and boil for 1 minute. Add
Pearl Onions (1/2 cup)
and broth; bring back to a boil.
In a small bowl, stir together 1 Tbsp of cold water and
All-Purpose Flour (1 tsp)
to make a slurry. Slowly add the slurry to the pot while stirring; boil and cook for 1 minute.
Return the beef to the pan and cook for 2 minutes or until the sauce thickens and coats the beef. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Lower heat to low heat and keep warm until plating.
Increase the saucepot to high heat and boil the water. Once the water is boiling, trim the ends of the
Green Beans (1 1/2 cups)
and add to the sauce. Cook for 7 minutes, drain, and return to the saucepot.
Toss the beans with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper, and the remaining chopped thyme. Set aside for plating.
Finish the potatoes by adding 2 pats of
Butter (to taste)
, only 1/4 cup of
Whipping Cream (1/4 cup)
, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to the cooked potatoes. Reheat, if desired, over low heat. Mash to desired consistency but do not over-mix!
Plate mashed potatoes in the center of two plates. Serve the beef bourguignon over potatoes garnished with chopped chives with green beans on the side.