Beef Bourguignonne

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Is there a food blogger out there who has seen the movie Julie and Julia who has not felt a burning desire to whip up a pot of Beef Bourguignonne? And no wonder!  This was amazing!

It made me very happy to see that this is the recipe for the last Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner challenge.  The recipe the NCBA shared with us can be found here.  I combined several recipes in cooking up my version.  Ever since seeing the movie, Julie and Julia, I’d wanted to adapt this recipe for the crockpot.  Stephanie O’dea beat me to it on her blog, A Year of Crockpotting.  I thought about using the slow cooker anyway, but ran out of time today to do it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • 2 lbs. stew beef
  • flour to dredge the beef
  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 bag baby carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • about 2 cups beef broth
  • about 3 cups Burgundy or dry red wine
  • thyme, oregano, rosemary – about 1/2 – 1 tsp. each
  • ground sage, about 1/4 tsp.
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper
  1. In a large cooking pot, cook the bacon.  Reserve the drippings.  Remove the bacon from the pot.
  2. Dredge the beef in the flour and cook in two batches in the bacon drippings, just until browned.  Add oil if you don’t have enough drippings.  Remove the beef.
  3. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and cook until soft.
  4. Pour in the beef broth and stir to get the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  5. Add the beef and bacon back in.  Pour the wine over the top, just until it covers the beef.  Add the seasonings.  Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for an hour.
  6. Add the carrots and simmer 30-45 minutes more.

I wish you could smell this because you would rush right out to your kitchen and start cooking it for yourself. The sauce was flavorful, and thickened slightly after cooking.  The meat was tender.  My house still smells wonderful!

Remember to visit the NCBA Facebook page, where you can link to your own version of Beef Bourguignonne and enter to win a gift bag full of grilling tools.

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  1. Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I have seen the movie, too ~~ LOVED IT!!! ~~ and have been dying to make this recipe ever since. I will totally be making this recipe VERY soon! I might need to learn how to pronounce it first so I can tell my family what they are eating. 🙂

  2. Loved the movie, just don’t go and then eat after. Tha movie will make you so hungry. When we were first married we lived in the Boston area. I watched Julia whenever she was on the WGBH, the Boston PBS station. This was long before the Food Channel had even been thought of. I had never seen anything like it. I loved watching but it was almost like watching a train wreck about to happen. I never knew what she would do. But I learned alot about things an Indiana girl didn’t even know existed.

  3. I’ve been wanting to make this since I saw Julie & Julia. This rainy weekend might be the time to do it. Thanks for inspiring me!

  4. How would you make this in the slow cooker?

    • Diane, to make it in the slow cooker follow all the steps of browning the meat/bacon etc, but then put it in the slow cooker and add the other ingredients. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours. Here’s a link to Crockpot 365 and you can see how Stephanie did hers in the slow cooker.

  5. Dot Barnum says:

    I like your recipes just found the site. I had to make Julia’s Beef too !! Yours was so simple.
    You do your recipes simple plus the comments make your recipes page personable !
    Glad we found it. Will keep my hubby busy for hours he loves to read them, and I try to cook them. Now, at least he found a great site. LOL

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