Friday, April 28, 2017

Cook and Celebrate with Franzia + Beef Bourguignon Made Simple


There is always a reason to celebrate and what better way to do that than with Franzia.

A memorable milestone has to be accompanied by the perfect celebration. So for the graduation season, Franzia wine is here to inspire a lifetime of achievements where friends and family are happy to gather in support of the newly grad! 

Though we aren't celebrating graduation yet in the family, we are celebrating another milestone fort this blog, for the family and it's my son's 21st birthday.

However, you're celebrating, whether the party is outdoors, opt for the wonderful balance of fruity and refreshing taste of Franzia Chillable Red that’s semi-dry and satisfies the palate. For a more elegant affair or sit down dinner, Franzia California Red’s ripe and juicy blackberry flavor hits the spot and exemplifies elegance in every sip. 



Made from California USA’s finest grapes, Franzia has developed its very own innovative Wine Tap technology that’s guaranteed to make your milestone a little different from the usual affair. 

While Franzia wine in a bottle is always a good idea, Franzia boxed wine is another story that’s bracingly refreshing for celebrating life’s memorable milestones.  The wine is conveniently packaged in a box that’s equivalent to three-liter bottles of wine and could serve more than 25 wine glasses, so there’s no reason rushing out while in the middle of the fun. And no need to worry about its quality as you can store the wine for six weeks and the last glass will still be as fresh as the first. 

Since this is a priceless moment that deserves a dreamy gathering, celebrate your achievements in high spirits with Franzia where you can’t go wrong for its pleasurable quality at a fair price. 

With that, I made our celebration extra delightful with Franzia as one of the ingredients in our dish. Our lunch was such a sumptuous one as I cooked Julia Child's Beef Bourguignon, which I have been scheming to do for a long time now.

Franzia is a good element to the recipe, as it needed a robust and sweet red wine to add flavor to the dish.

The herb bouquet the recipe called for gave it an aroma that fills your kitchen with love.  However, I tweaked the recipe somehow and made it my own but still under my favorite chef, Julia Child.




Ingredients:
Serves 4 to 6

1/4 Kg chunk bacon
3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 Kg lean stewing beef, cut into 2-inch cubes
1/2 carrot, sliced
1 small onion, sliced
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoons flour
1 cup red wine, young and full-bodied 
3/4 cup brown beef stock
1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cloves mashed garlic
1/2 teaspoon thyme
2 to 3 pcs. bay leaf

Herb bouquet (4 parsley sprigs, one-half bay leaf, one-quarter teaspoon thyme, tied in cheesecloth)

Procedure:

1.  Sauté bacon in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a flame-proof casserole over moderate heat for 2 to 3 minutes to brown lightly. Remove to a side dish with a slotted spoon.

2. Dry beef in paper towels; it will not brown if it is damp. Heat fat in casserole until almost smoking. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and sauté until nicely browned on all sides. Add it to the bacons.
 Pour out the excess fat.

3. Return the beef and bacon to the casserole and toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Then sprinkle on the flour and toss again to coat the beef lightly. Set casserole uncovered in middle position of preheated oven for 4 minutes.

4. Toss the meat again and return to oven for 4 minutes (this browns the flour and coves the meat with a light crust).Remove casserole and turn oven down to 325 degrees.

5. Stir in wine and stock, just enough so that the meat is barely covered.
Add the tomato paste, garlic and herbs. Bring to a simmer on top of the stove.

6. No need to put in the oven, just let it simmer until the broth is reduced and thickens.

7. Serve in casserole, or arrange stew on a platter surrounded with potatoes, noodles or rice. 










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