This is the best kind of recipe! It's forgiving when you are in a rush, but you can make it utterly sublime if you have the time to pay attention and use all your best techniques. This is the low-stress version. If you have the techniques and the time, then you'll know what to do.
Beef Burgundy, known in the land of Charlemagne as Boeuf Bourguignonne (or something to that effect) is in the simplest terms a beef stew made with mushrooms, bacon, onions, and red wine. Thyme and black pepper are always a part of that tableau; everything else is optional (even garlic!).
I expect the inventor of beef burgundy got a Nobel prize. Like the tuxedo, it's one of those 4-star treats that you can't screw up, but with a little imagination you can make superb.