Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon and Simply Mashed Yukon Golds (and another giveaway!)

Beef Bourg 1

This week is the last week of the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner Wednesday Challenge.  I was pretty happy to see that this last week’s recipe was one that I’ve been wanting to try.  After seeing Julie & Julia with me, my husband requested I make Beef Bourguignon.  Although it sounded and looked delicious in the movie, I wasn’t sure if a dish like it would just casually enter my weekly dinner menu.  Well it did.  And it was surprisingly simple enough thanks to Mr. Crockpot!

Beef Bourg 2

I successfully transformed the Beef Bourguignon recipe given to me by the Beef people into a slow cooker meal.  I usually turn away from recipes that call for beef browning, but this time I planned ahead and browned the beef cuts the night before and stored them in the slow cooker bowl in the fridge over night.  The next morning I dumped in some carrots, onions, mushrooms, wine and seasonings and plugged in.  It was so easy and I can’t tell you how thankful I was when I got home from a really busy day of running around to the smell of beef stewing in wine.  It was well worth the extra effort the night before, I promise.

I have never had Beef Bourg (as I will lovingly refer to it as from this point on…that is one long word!) before so I don’t know what to compare it too.  I omitted the bacon in the recipe to save on some calories, and added extra carrots and onions.  And instead of beef broth, I added 1/2 cup of water to the beef drippings in the pot I used to brown the meat, deglazed the pot and added the flavored liquid to the slow cooker.  After cooking on low for 8ish hours, the meat was totally fork tender.  It was delicious, and so were the mashed potatoes I made to go with it.

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon
Recipe adapted by Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner

2 pounds beef chuck shoulder pot roast, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup beef broth
2 cups Burgundy or other dry red wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 crushed garlic cloves
2 teaspoons dried marjoram leaves, crushed
8 ounces baby carrots (about 1-3/4 cups)
8 ounces fresh pearl onions, peeled or frozen pearl onions
8 ounces mushrooms, cut in half if large
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Lightly coat beef with flour. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in stockpot over medium heat until hot. Brown 1/2 of beef; remove from stockpot. Repeat with remaining beef, adding oil as needed. Remove beef from stockpot and into slow cooker; season with salt and pepper. Add 1/2 cup water to stockpot and deglaze beef drippings.  Add this broth to slow cooker.

Stir in wine, tomato paste, garlic and marjoram. Add carrots, onions and mushrooms.

Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours.

Beef Bourg 3

Simply Mashed Yukon Golds
Recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen

8 yukon gold potatoes, quartered on halved (depending on size)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 -3/4 cup lowfat milk
2 TB non fat Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
1 TB butter (I use Smart Balance)
4 garlic cloves, pressed
chives, optional

Place potatoes (with skin on) in pot, cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are fork tender. Place cooked potatoes into mixing bowl (I use my handy Kitchen Aid). Add butter, Greek yogurt and milk and start to mix. Start with 1/2 cup milk and add more if needed to taste.  Add pressed garlic, chives (optional) and salt and pepper and continue to mix until it reaches desired consistency.

The winner of The Vegetarian Family Cookbook is Christina!  I drew the number 12 using Random.org and the 12th comment was:

Christina said… Ok, I just posted a comment on the other blog. These look so yum too!!

Congrats Christina!  I will contact Nava and she will send you your cookbook!  Thank you all for your comments and participation!

Ok…on to another great giveaway…

The folks over at Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner are generously giving away a gift bag full of great goodies to one of you lucky readers!  The Beef Cooking Gift Bag includes: a copy of The Healthy Beef Cookbook, a set of Crate & Barrel Grilling Tools, Sur La Table Mini-Steak Thermometers, a reusable shopping bag and other items to help you shop for and cook healthy beef meals.  I received one recently and LOVE it!

Leave a comment on this post to enter the giveaway.  Giveaway ends Thursday at 10pm.  Giveaway is open to US residents only.  I will announce the winner on Friday.  If you link to this giveaway post on Twitter, Facebook or your own blog, come back and leave an additional comment for a second entry.

PS…I had to laugh when I realized that my two giveaways this week consisted of a “vegetarian” cookbook and a “beef” cookbook…how ironic and funny…but it’s all good in Aggie’s Kitchen!  :)

Check out these other great blogs that have been participating in the Beef challenge this month!  Have a great day!

Kristen – Dine and Dish

Amy – Dinner’s for a Year and Beyond

Tiffany – Eat at Home

Andy – Dinner’s On Me

Kate – Cooking During Stolen Moments

Heidi – Tried and True Cooking with Heidi

Patsy – Family, Friends and Food

   

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55 Responses to “Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon and Simply Mashed Yukon Golds (and another giveaway!)”

  1. Jamie posted September 30, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Aggie,
    Love the recipe and love your new site! I didn’t participate in the Beef Challenge this week because I was too busy but I will make this soon. I love that you made it in your crockpot….a busy mom’s best friend.

    Since I won one of the beef giveaway gifts (it’s great by the way) you don’t need to include me in the giveaway. I just wanted to leave you a comment.

  2. Larry posted September 30, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    The site looks awesome. Great job. Proud of you.

  3. Lisanne posted September 30, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Congrats on the new site, it looks great!! :)

  4. Larry posted September 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    And oh yeah, the beef bourg was the bomb. Can’t wait to eat the leftovers at lunch time.

  5. Barbara posted September 30, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Your beef bourguignonne is such a gorgeous color. It looks fabulous! Who wouldn’t be happy coming home to this meal! The new design is a great combination of the old and new design. Thanks for including me on your Blogs You Love list!!

  6. Jessica Johnson posted September 30, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Hey Aggie,
    I love crock pot recipes, they are the best for us busy mommies! Can’t wait to try it!
    Site looks great! Thanks for all you do!

  7. Maria posted September 30, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    I love the new look Aggie! And you are gorgeous-love the photo of you!

  8. Jen posted September 30, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    The recipe looks wonderful. I think I’m going to have to pull out the crock pot and make this one. The new site looks great too!

  9. Wendy posted September 30, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I’ve never made beef bour before, but will definitely be making it in the very near future!! Looks absolutely delicious!

  10. Holly posted September 30, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Love your blog- the beef bourg looks wonderful and what a fab idea to use the crockpot. As others have said, it’s a busy person’s best friend!

  11. Lisa Harper posted October 1, 2009 at 1:34 am

    LOVE the new look of your blog. Very nice. Good switcheroo.

  12. FarmgirlCyn (Cindy) posted October 1, 2009 at 2:03 am

    I also made Beef Bourg right after seeing Julie & Julia, and let me tell you, I think when I make it again I will use the crock pot. That was some work! Yours looks just as yummy, with a lot less time in the kitchen!

  13. Erica posted October 1, 2009 at 2:14 am

    LOVEEEEEEEEEEE the new site!!!

  14. peachkins posted October 1, 2009 at 2:35 am

    congrats on your new site,Aggie!

  15. Anne B. posted October 1, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Great site…..this recipe looks yummy….must try soon!

  16. April Marie (Girl Japan) posted October 1, 2009 at 3:53 am

    You did move… and it looks FABULOUS, I LOVE IT, so bright and inviting and the dish…. ollalala

  17. Penny posted October 1, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Beef Bourg is one of my favorite stews. Doing it in the crockpot is genius! I have a chuck roast thawing as we speak – will give it a try. Love your new look!

  18. Laura in Paris posted October 1, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Aggie, Great site! Congratulations. It’s good to find you back in Cinemascope!
    You’re everywhere, in my blog (scroll down to the right, you are in october’s recipe), in my Newsletter with the Recipe of the Month, and in my website
    http://www.aworldinapan.com/recipes_and_food_tales.php
    I’ll change the URL of your site.
    Laura in Paris

  19. Mary posted October 1, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I love the new look :-). Your stew looks wonderful.

  20. Brooke posted October 1, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    The site looks great! Great work! And thanks for the giveaway. I’d love to win different ways to cook beef.

  21. Anne posted October 1, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    The site looks awesome Aggie and this Beef Bourguignonne- wow! I’ve watched Ina make it several times and keep meaning to. Knowing I can in the crock pot seals the deal, I’m trying it!

  22. Paula posted October 1, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Oh Aggie! Where to begin?! First, congrats on your new blog! It looks great and is easy to navigate! Love your new photo, too. Next, GREAT recipe. This is perfect for the fall weather that has arrived in my neck of the woods. I love how great the house smells, too, when using the crock pot. Those mashed taters are terrific, too. I can always count on loving what I see here! YUM! Now I’m off to change the link from my website to here! Oh, and congrats to the winner of your giveaway!

  23. fittingbackin posted October 1, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    The new blog is looking wonderful!! Congratulations!!

  24. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen posted October 1, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I think you read my mind, Aggie! I have been wanting to make this dish, since seeing Julie&Julia, but I just didn’t really have the time…but this makes it so nice and easy. I have everything, but the carrots. I am making this this weekend….but I may change it up just a little, and use my tagine…;)

    I love your new blog by the way! CONGRATS!

  25. dawn posted October 1, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I love your new home! Congrats Agg!
    I need to be next right? Time for a dot com. Ohhh where to start.

  26. Liz - Meal Makeover Mom posted October 1, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Aggie, I too was itching to make beef bourguignonne after seeing Julie & Julia. The recipe looks delish. I’m actually giving away a Crock Pot on my blog, so I’ve been in slow cooker mode all week! I love The Healthy Beef Cookbook, so if I win, I will donate my copy to our public library.
    Loving the new blog design. I’ll be adding your button to my sidebar as soon as I can get my hubby to help (the back end of my w.p. blog can be intimidating at times)!

  27. Christina posted October 2, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Love this easy weekday meal. I would love to win the beef giveaway to complement the vegetarian giveaway :-)

  28. Hélène posted October 2, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Oh my that looks so good. Love your new blog.

  29. Mary Ann posted October 2, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Aggie- I love your new site! It looks great and so do you, up there at the top!
    This looks really good- amazing photos.
    I think your 2 giveaways are kinda funny too- opposite ends of the food spectrum really but it just shows how well-rounded you are!

  30. HoneyB posted October 2, 2009 at 5:56 am

    Aggie, that Beef Bourg looks awesome. Great shots! Love the new site too!

  31. coco posted October 2, 2009 at 6:58 am

    that beef looks soooooo delicious!
    Great giveaway! I wish I win! ;)

  32. katie posted October 3, 2009 at 10:03 am

    The new site looks great! I am definately bookmarking this recipe and what a great prize!

  33. Heather Conner posted October 6, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Great recipes- have enjoyed your new site! Will definitely be back for more! Keep up the good work.

  34. Sarah posted October 9, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Really love the new layout!
    And this dish looks and sounds heavenly!

  35. Chris Huck posted October 20, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Looks great. I’ll have to try it!

  36. Crystal K. posted October 20, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    What a fantastic looking recipe I will add it to my list of must try this one! :) Great site have it bookmarked!! :)

  37. Niki posted October 21, 2009 at 8:36 am

    I’ve made this before the Julia Child way and it was fantastic, but lots and lots of time…. I can’t wait to try the slow-cooker method!

  38. Jan posted October 21, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Love the new site. Just made slow cooker beef stew last night and realized after seeing your recipe it was actually Beef Bourguignon with just a little more sauce.

  39. Jonathan posted October 21, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    This looks great. I will try it very soon.

  40. Llwelyn posted March 29, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    wow.. this looks so delicious… makes me hungry.. LOL!

  41. Tamra Bottoms posted September 8, 2011 at 7:56 am

    just waiting for the weather to cool a bit…that way the windows are open, and the aroma is wafting through the screens to share with the neighbors! TEE-HEE!

  42. Carrie B posted November 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks for this Aggie! Was looking for suggestions on crock-potting the Beef Bourg for a mountain trip this weekend so it can be cooking while we’re out hiking and working up an appetite! The potatoes sound heavenly and I may not be able to resist whipping up a batch of crusty bread with the time these both save me ;). Cheers!

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  44. Anna posted January 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Hi,
    This recipe looks exceptionally easy and delicious. And I can’t wait to try it, but is it possible to use a different wine or to omit it entirely?

    • Aggies Kitchen posted January 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Any red wine would be great (not sweet though) but if you wanted to try without wine I would think beef broth would be your best option. Thanks!

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  46. Chris posted September 17, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Made this tonight, thanks for the awesome recipe :) Mine didn’t look as gorgeous as yours, but it was very good and easy – husband LOVED it :) Thanks!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 18, 2013 at 6:58 am

      So good to know!! Thank you!! :)

  47. Kristi F posted September 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    This looks really good. I love to use my crock pot, especially on busy days.

  48. Meaghan Macdonald posted March 3, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    How many would this recipe serve? I find it difficult to cook for 2.
    Any tips on making this a smaller portion. Enough for 4 is ok. As we could
    do left overs one night.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted March 4, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Hi Meaghan! The recipe calls for 2lbs of beef which would probably serve about 6. You could always cut back on the amount of beef to have less. You could do the same with the amount of vegetables too, that is flexible. I would keep the sauce the same, but know you will have leftover. Let me know if you try it! Thanks for stopping by!

      • Meaghan posted March 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

        Thanks for the advice!! I’m definitely going to make this, thinking of browning the meat tomorrow night and putting the rest together the following morning. Only one more question, should I reserve the “drippings mix” separately from the meat overnight, then add all together in the morning with wine, tomato paste and spices?

  49. Meaghan posted March 3, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Hi!
    I would love to make this for my boyfriend and I.
    Though I kind of find it difficult to cook for two. How many
    portions is your recipe for? How could I adapt it for
    four servings?

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