TYL’s Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Stew)

TYL’s BEEF BOURGUIGNON

We’ve been sitting on this recipe for over a year. We’ve been waiting for the perfect time to share this recipe and now is the time. The weather is cool and kind of dreary and it’s perfect weather for Beef Stew or if you’re being classy, Boeuf Bourguignon. Which is beef cooked in a red wine sauce, which is basically pretentious beef stew.

The dish itself originated in the Burgundy region of France which in French is pronounced Bourgogne. Get it? Boeuf (Beef) Bourgogne (Burgundy)? Magic! The Burgundy region is located South-East of Paris. Tons of well known  dishes come from the Burgundy region like Coq Au Vin, which is basically, according to Julia, the same dish as Boeuf Bourguignon, but with chicken. Escargot, Persille Ham, and Pain d’épices (spice bread or gingerbread) to name a few also come out of the Burgundy region.

Boeuf Bourguignon is a wonderful dish for the fall and winter months because it is hardy, warm and will keep you full for hours. The dish is prepared by braising the beef in a red wine and beef stock, and you traditionally use a burgundy wine. According to Julia the wine doesn’t need to be expensive because you’re cooking it, not drinking it. So don’t worry about getting a fancy bottle of wine for this dish. Because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if your wine is expensive or not.

What’s funny about this dish is it started out as a peasants dish  because traditionally tougher cuts of meats were used, but while braising they became tender. But over the years the dish grew into “haute cuisine” and became a classic staple in French Cooking.

Julia Child once said that Boeuf Bourguignon was ,”certainly one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man”.

And you know what? We have to agree. We’ve actually spent a lot of time working on this recipe and  are really excited to share it with you. If you have the time, we also suggest googling Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon and watching the very first episode of the The French Chef . She’s so incredibly funny and is a riot to watch.

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Beefy Saint Paddy’s Day Guinness Stew (Slow Cooker)

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY! We hope you’re wearing green and if you’re not, we hope you’re not being pinched!

Today’s recipe is a favorite of ours Slow Cooker Guinness Stew! No pictures today, just this delicious, hearty, beef stew recipe. And it’s super easy to make, if we were Ina we would be saying, “How easy is that?”

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Okay, back to the recipe. This one is super easy, and requires almost zero effort. All you do is throw things into a crock pot! How easy is that? 😉


What You Need

  • 1 to 2 pounds stewing beef
  • 2 to 3 russet potatoes (chopped)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 carrots (chopped)
  • 3 parsnips (chopped and optional)
  • 3 celery stalks (chopped)
  • Two 12oz Bottles of  Guinness
  • Beef Broth (About 2 cups, give or take)
  • Worcestershire
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 to 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • Kosher Salt
  •  Pepper

**First turn on your crock pot to high, and just let it heat until you’re ready to use it.

Step 1:

Cut the potatoes, carrots, parsnips, celery, and onions into large chunks. You really don’t want them too small or else as they cook, they will become mushy! Put chopped veggies off to the side.

Step 2:

Okay, I know we said you throw everything into a crock pot, but this step is totally worth it. You don’t have to do it, but I think you’ll thank us in the end. Season your meat liberally with kosher salt and pepper. In a pan heat some olive oil over medium high heat. When the oil is shimmery, throw the first batch of the meat in and brown on all sides. Remove and place on paper towels, repeat until all the meat is browned.

Step 3:

See? Was that so bad? Easy peasy! Next, add all your chopped veggies into the crock pot, then the meat, bay leaves, and rosemary. Next pour the Guinness in, add a couple splashes of the worcestershire. Pour in the beef stock until everything is covered.

Step 4:

If you plan on cooking this on HIGH, you’ll want to cook it for 4 to 6 hours. If cooking on LOW, you’ll cook for about 10 to 12 hours.

This recipe is great to cook overnight or prep the night before, and leave it while you go to work. As with some dishes like this, it’s always better the next day. But if you can’t wait (don’t worry if you can’t, we have made many of dishes and then ate them straight away) serve over rice, mashed potatoes, or serve with bread.

Another plus to this recipe is you can really add whatever you like. You can add garlic, add more potatoes, less carrots, more celery, don’t like russet potatoes you can add red potatoes and you get the idea. It’s really easy and really versatile.


Happy Cooking!