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I followed Ina Garten's recipe for beef bourguignon. My beef is tough. What did I do wrong?

I browned the cubed chuck on the stovetop then braised at 250 degrees for two and a half hours.

asked by Susan Sears almost 3 years ago

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Nancy
Nancy

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added almost 3 years ago

Is this ailing dish for dinner tonight?
Need some more info before diagnosing the patient.
Is the beef tough and dry, or tough like not cooked through?
Did you cook it covered in the oven?
Did the liquids reduces a lot? (they shouldn't have)
Is your oven inside temp true to the outside dial? (could you have overcooked it?)
Is this the recipe you made?
http://www.foodnetwork...
If not, which recipe or what was different?
Don't despair...the dish is probably recoverable.

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Susan W
Susan W

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added almost 3 years ago

I agree with Sam. My daughter called me last night because she thought she overcooked her beef braise. She let it go another 30 minutes and it was perfect. Have you checked your oven temp for accuracy? Mine is 25 degrees off.

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cv
cv
added almost 3 years ago

Forget the clock. Cook it until it is done.

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