Fond Brun De Boef – French Beef Stock Recipe

by ali

I love Saveur Magazine. You should Buy it here because it will enrich your reading and culinary life and you will learn a LOT of in depth food history in addition to recipes and fun facts that make you salivate as you read.

I read it, cover to cover on a monthly basis. Like the other food magazines I receive and read, I cut out many recipes to save and try. It always pains me a little to cut pages out of Saveur because their issues are so artfully put together. Its the only one I keep on my bookshelf with my cookbooks. Weird I know. I love so many things about the way they present their product: their articles, the context they provide, the depth of their research and above all, their unbending commitment to quality writing, their beautiful photos (one actually made me cry one time)… and the joyous lack of botox ads within their pages. This is why I also own their cookbook collection of Italian, American and French classics. Its about aesthetics for sure, but I am a 100% bonafide Savuer soldier.

ANYWAY… In the pages of their French cookbook is a recipe for Fond Brun De Boef – Beef stock.

silky, rich, French beef broth

I thought it was high time I tried it out since I’m doing all this broth research. This recipe makes a beautifully elegant, rich and savory stock that forms the perfect basis for many dishes. I highly recommend using it. We recently made a triple batch and created my mom’s amazing Albondigas soup for a fundraiser. I have also used it to make French onion, and it was fantastic.

This recipe makes 2 quarts and takes 6 hours to make


  • 6lbs of beef bones (shin, oxtail, neck, etc.)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 carrots scrubbed and coursely chopped
  • 4 stalks celery coursely chopped
  • 2 medium yellow onions, halved
  • 2 leeks trimmed, washed and coursely chopped
  • 2 cloves
  • 8 cloves garlic peeled and lightly crushed
  • 1 cup red wine
  • Bouquet garni (french bundle of herbs including 3 sprigs parsley, 2 sprigs thyme, 1 bay leave, 3-5 peppercorns all wrapped up in a 6″ square of cheesecloth and tied with string.


Preheat oven to 375. Brush bones with oil, season generously with salt and pepper and put in a large roasting pan (this is the pan I own), This is the one I really want…since we’re talking aesthetics.

Roast bones until just browned about 30 minutes. Smear tomato paste over bones and roast 2o minutes more. Toss carrots, celebery, onions, leeks cloves and garlic with remaining oil and add to pan with bones. Roast for 20 minutes more.

Roasted bones before immersion in water

Transfer all to a large stockpot (here’s the one I have, here’s the one I want.) Deglaze roasting pan on stovetop over medium heat with red wine, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan. Pour juices into stockpot. Add bouquet garni and cover with 5 quarts of water. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered until stock is reduced by two thirds, about 4 hours. Occasionally skim off any foam that rises to the surface. Strain stock and discard solids using a colander lined with cheese cloth.

straining broth through cheesecloth lined colander

Transfer stock to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Remove and discard fat that has formed on surface. Stock may be stored for up to 3 days in fridge or in freezer for up to 6 months.

We like to use these zip lock bags to store in the freezer because they are easy to label, use and freeze an exact quart of broth easily.

Recipes I suggest using it for:

Date & Radish Soup

French Onion Soup

Beefy Stew with Mashed Potatoes

more to come…




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