Boeuf bourguignon with crêpes & watercress pesto

Photographer: Emma
Serves 4

For all you out there who followed this year’s Masterchef New Zealand, this one is for you.  I followed the series like a diligent student, reporting on the show’s highs and lows, the tears and the elation as twelve hopefuls battled it out for the crowning title.  And whilst I diligently watched and watched and wrote and wrote, our faithful readers diligently cooked and cooked and submitted to us their finest recipes as they battled it out for brand spanking new set of pots and pans.

So I present to you the winning recipe, boeuf bourguignon with crêpes and watercress pesto.  This recipe was sent to us by Hope Smith from here in Auckland.  We liked it so much that we asked Nadia Lim, New Zealand’s newly crowned Masterchef winner, to cook it for us.  So a big thank you to Hope for sharing her recipe, and also a big thank you to Nadia for taking the time out of her hectic schedule to cook with us and to answer our probing questions about her time on Masterchef.


Boeuf bourguignon
3 tbsp olive oil
90g bacon, sliced into small cubes
750g beef, cubed
1 onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
250g button mushrooms, sliced
1 cup red wine
1 1/2 cups beef stock
Salt and pepper
1/2 tsp sugar

Watercress pesto
75g watercress
25g pinenuts
25g parmesan cheese, grated
2 cloves garlic
6 tbsp olive oil

3/4 cup flour
pinch salt
3 eggs
1 tbsp oil
3/4 cup milk


Boeuf Bourguignon
1. Cook bacon until crisp along with a drop of oil remove. Heat the remaining olive oil in a deep pan and brown the beef. You may have to do this in batches (depending on the size of your frying pan) so that the meat does not stew in its own juices, and instead browns nicely all over.
2. Once all the meat has been browned, add the garlic and onion and cook until soft. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for a few minutes before adding the wine, beef stock and sugar. Season and simmer with lid on for 1 1/2 – 2 hours.

Watercress pesto
1. Place all the ingredients into a processor and pulse until desired pesto consistency is achieved.

1. Sift together the dry ingredients into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs and oil and then slowly whisk in the milk to form a smooth, thin batter. Add a bit more milk if necessary. Let stand for one hour.
2. Grease a frying pan with a bit of butter and pour in approximately 3 tablespoons of batter, or enough to make a large crêpe. Brown on both sides and put on a plate in a warm over while you make the rest.

To assemble
1. Place beef mixture down the middle of a crêpe and either roll them up or fold them in half as we did. Place a bit more of the beef mixture on top and then garnish with the watercress pesto and scatter with parmesan cheese.