Slow Cooked Beef Bourguignon
Slow Cooked Beef Bourguignon

Slow Cooked Beef Bourguignon

I hope you enjoyed the Châteauneuf du Pape wine review and food pairings.  That story has prompted me to delve a little deeper into my love of all things French.  I know in Australia it’s warming up now, but I wanted to give you a taste of France that would match perfectly with Châteauneuf du Pape, the dish is Boeuf a la Bourguignonne, better know in Australia as Beef Bourguignon.

Slow Cooked Beef Bourguignon

Slow Cooked Beef Bourguignon

But first I have a little personal story about the origins of this recipe for me.  So wind the clock back 29 years… wow, yes 29 years. Imagine me as a school girl in my French language classes. I am sixteen years old and a very studious.  By this stage in high school I had been taking French language classes for four years and I was smitten. I did most of the cooking at home so the family were treated/subjected to French dishes every second day.

I would start with a Soupe à l’oignon, avec fromage croutons and then serve either Coq au Vin or the king of fresh casseroles being the Beef Bourguignon. Naturally I was very proficient making choux pastry and the meal would end with Profiteroles.

Grand Marnier & Vanilla Mascarpone filled Profiteroles

Grand Marnier & Vanilla Mascarpone filled Profiteroles

So you might wonder where a girl of sixteen obtains French recipes in the 1980’s.  Remembering this is before the age of the internet and google.  Do you know, my kids actually find it hard to believe there was ever a time before the “World Wide Web”! Quelle horreur!

Well like I said, I was a very studious girl. The school I attended gave book prizes each year to the high achieving students aka “nerdy me.” By the time I left high school I had amassed a library of cookbooks that would make any chef proud. Happily they were all inscribed, so when I pick up the cookbooks, inside the front cover it tells me the year and the subject the prize was given.

Beef Bourguignon Image

Beef Bourguignon Image

The “Around the World Cookbook” by Marshall Cavendish was one of my favourites. I still use it today as it has so many brilliant recipes from all over the world.  Happily it also contains my 5 favourite French recipes with my notes and variations on the dish. It’s kind of nice to look at the perfectly tidy writing of my 16 year old self in the book, especially given that everything I write now is a barely legible scrawl!

Without further ado I give you my Slow Cooked Beef Bourguignon recipe with adaptions from my teenaged self.

Slow Cooked Beef Bourguignon

Slow Cooked Beef Bourguignon


  • 1kg Chuck Steak cubed
  • 2-3 Tbs Oil
  • 175 gm bacon or speck diced
  • 2 medium onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 medium carrots sliced
  • 2 Tbs plain flour
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbs brandy
  • bouquet garni
  • 150ml beef stock
  • Marinade
  • 300ml Red Wine
  • 1/2 tsp mixed herbs
  • To Finish
  • 25gm butter
  • 250 gm whole button mushrooms
  • 250 gm button pickling onions whole
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • Optional
  • 1 Tbs corn flour
  • 1/4 cold water


  1. Place the steak in the marinade ingredients and leave for at least 3 hours.
  2. Heat the oil and fry off the bacon, sliced onion, garlic and carrot.
  3. Drain the meat from the marinade but reserve the liquid for later use.
  4. Add the salt, pepper and flour to a plastic bag and combined to form a seasoned flour, reserve for later.
  5. Dry the meat then fry it off in a little more oil.
  6. Remove the meat from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  7. Dredge the meat in the flour by adding it to the plastic bag and coating it.
  8. Return the dredged beef to a hot frying pan and briefly cook of the flour with a little more oil.
  9. Add the reserved marinade mixture and brandy to the meat.
  10. Stir the mixture ensuring you scrape up anything stuck from the bottom of the pan.
  11. Allow this to boil and thicken slightly then remove from the heat.
  12. Slow Cooking the Beef Bourguignon
  13. Choose either a slow cooker or large oven safe casserole dish.
  14. Remove the meat from the frying pan and add it to the casserole dish.
  15. Add the reserved bacon, onion, garlic and carrot mixture.
  16. Top the casserole with the beef stock and bouquet garni.
  17. Place a lid or aluminium foil on the dish and transfer to the oven or slow cooker.
  18. Cook in the oven for 2 1/2 hours on 160 degrees Celsius.
  19. If using a slow cooker cook for approximately 6-7 hours.
  20. To finish
  21. Melt the butter in a frying pan, add the pickling onions, fresh thyme and button mushrooms.
  22. Fry the mushroom mixture for 2-3 minutes then add the wine and brown sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  23. Add the mushroom mixture to the casserole and continue cooking for another 30 minutes.
  24. Discard the Bouquet garni prior to serving.
  25. Add any extra salt of pepper to taste. If you require a thicker Beef Bourguignon add 1 Tbs or cornflour to 1/4 cup of water and stir through the casserole whilst its in the last ten minutes of cooking.

Oh, and I peeked inside the front cover.  This book was award to me by Sawtell RSL for an ANZAC Day writing prize in 1986. It’s signed by LJ Walters the Secretary and ERHo I still remember the article I wrote and it still brings a smile to my face.

Beef Bourguignon - Instagram

Beef Bourguignon – Instagram – Follow ME

I can’t help but hope the internet doesn’t completely replace books.  It’s so funny to think that 29 years on and I am still writing, still cooking, and still travelling the world.  My daughter Anais has inherited the travel bug and my love of all things French. She is 8 now, when she was 6 she made me promise to take her to France for her 10th birthday. I am so pleased she gave me four year warning.

Naturally I promised her we would be in France for her 10th birthday, the 3rd May 2017. After all, what a gorgeous reason to go back to France.

Slow Cooked Beef Bourguignon - Pin Winter Warming Recipe

Slow Cooked Beef Bourguignon – Pin Winter Warming Recipe

I hope you enjoy the Beef Bourguignon, stay warm if you are in a country coming into winter. Perhaps pin this one for later if it’s looking sunny in your part of the world at the moment.

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  1. I love this dish…and there are still a few cool nights happening in Brissie. There is still time! I’m happy to take this recipe from a person with a French ‘nerd’ past 😉

  2. Nothing quite like a good beef burgundy… lovely recipe!

  3. I love the Burgundy region for so many reasons, especially the beef in the area. We have now done two barge trips and one car trip there. But, Châteauneuf du Pape was not my favourite wine we had from there. I am sure you are looking forward to your trip to France 🙂

  4. Oh la la mon amie! Ton plat est parfait ! Ton bœuf bourguignon à l’air succulent, quand je pense que j’habite en France depuis 15 ans et que je ne jamais fait la recette…
    We haven’t internet!! When I think about it, it’s just incredible! We are the survivors !

  5. This looks devine! i love the pot too!

  6. Miss7 literally cannot grasp that we didn’t have computers when growing up. ‘Did you just have an ipad?’ #srsly
    The Hungry Dad would adore this meal. The photos are amazing.

  7. Slow cooked deliciousness and perfect for a Sunday Supper. Thanks for the inspiration and your photos are just gorgeous. Sharing!

  8. What a fabulous idea to slow cook beef borguignon – scrumptious! Have a fabulous trip to France.
    🙂 Mandy xoxo

  9. Beef Bourguignon does hit the spot. We do seem to be thinking along the same lines. I just prepared a Red Wine Venison Roast this week so cooking with wine appears to be the air.

  10. Julie! This pictures are mouth-watering! Wow. I just started eating beef again a few months ago and I’m going to make this for our next family get together. I know it will be a huge hit.
    Enjoyed your story about your love affair with French food – isn’t it great when we are free to explore our true passions? Great job!

  11. Our weather is going to take a downturn this weekend. A hearty, comforting dish like your gorgeous beef bourguignon would be perfect for dinner

  12. My French grandmother made the best beef bourguignon and she had no recipe. She just did it. I’ve been looking for a recipe that tastes just like hers and maybe I’ve found it here. Mine is good but it’s not the same as my memories.

  13. What a beautifully presented beef dish, Julie and I do love your pot. You sound like you were an excellent student while at school. This is one of my most favourite French dishes – so comforting. How wonderful to have set the goal with your daughter to be in France for her 10th birthday – I bet you can’t believe how quickly it’s coming around! xx

  14. This is a dish that I have wanted to attempt for a very long time — not sure why I haven’t. Your photos are gorgeous and the recipe sounds amazing. Pinning it now:)

  15. You’ve put a huge smile on my face with this dish Julie – one of my all time favourites, especially when there is a glass of red left over for the cook. xx

  16. A perfect dish to welcome in fall…delicious.

  17. YUM! Reminds me of the first kangaroo dish you prepared for us during our visit! Mademoiselle Anais sure is a travelbug 🙂 Miss you guys xxx

  18. First, this looks so delish! I am pinning to make, we love soups and stews in the fall and winter and using the crockpot is my favorite thing. My daughter is 15 and she wants to go to culinary school, so this is really cool for me to read. I love hearing about your journey, she’s also taking French!!

  19. Thank you for linking up last week!
    Your post has been featured 🙂

  20. Hi, Wow! I’m thinking that you really should do a video tutorial, your bourguignon is amazing. Would love to be your neighbor.


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