Beef Bourguignon

  1. Render the bacon in a large pot over medium heat for 5 minutes or until crispy.
  2. Drain the bacon and set aside, leaving the bacon fat in the pot. 
  3. Mix together chuck roast chunks, kosher salt, black pepper, and 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour until well combined. 
  4. Dredge the beef of any extra flour and sear in the bacon grease for about 4 minutes on each side. It is important not to overcrowd the pot, so you may need to work in batches. 
  5. Remove the beef when done and set aside with the bacon.
  6. Add the olive oil, sliced carrots, and diced onion to the pot. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  7. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute, then mix in the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour and cook on medium low for 4 minutes.
  8. Pour in the wine and beef stock, scraping the bottom of the pot to make sure there aren’t any bits stuck to the bottom. 
  9. Add the bacon and seared meat back into the pot, along with the bouillon cube, dried thyme, dried parsley, bay leaves, and mushrooms. Mix well and bring to a light boil.
  10. Insert the wire rack at low position in the Cosori Smart Air Fryer Toaster Oven.
  11. Cover the pot with foil and place on the rack in the oven. Make sure the foil is secure so it doesn’t lift and contact the heating elements.
  12. Select the Slow Cook function, adjust time to 4 hours, and press Start/Pause
  13. Remove the pot carefully from the oven when done and place back on the stove. 
  14. Discard the foil, mix the stew, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  15. Thicken the stew if desired by using a cornstarch slurry of 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water. Add half, mix, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. If the sauce is still too thin, add the other half of the slurry.