I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Slow Cooker Classic Beef Bourguignon

There is something special about a good bourguignon, and this one not only has a deep rich flavour but you have the added benefit of letting it simmer away in the slow cooker.

2 lbs beef bourguignon or stewing beef
2  1/2 tbsps flour
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 tbsps bacon fat
3/4 cup diced onion
1 cup diced carrot
1  1/2 tbsps minced garlic
2 tbsps tomato paste
1 cup broth (beef, chicken or turkey)
1/4 cup soya sauce
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 bay leaf
1 cup red wine
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp sugar
2 cups quartered mushrooms

Cut beef cubes so they are uniformly about 1" in size. Of course beef bourguignon cubes would be the cut of choice for this dish, however stewing beef works very well too.
Toss the beef with flour, salt, pepper and thyme.

Heat bacon fat in a skillet, add the beef and brown lightly. Add the onion, carrots and garlic.
Stir together the tomato paste, broth (I used turkey here), soya sauce and balsamic.

Cook 3-4 minutes then transfer to slow cooker. Add 1/2 cup red wine and the bay leaf. Cover and slow cook on low 4 hours.

In a fry pan heat butter and sugar then toss in the mushrooms. Brown lightly and add the remaining 1/2 cup red wine.

Add to the slow cooker and cook 15 minutes longer. Don't forget to remove the bay leaf.

If you'd like the gravy a bit thicker mix 2 tsps cornstarch with 2 tsps cold water. Add a spoonful of hot gravy. Mix well and whisk into the stew before cooking that additional 15 minutes.

Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.
I added some chopped and fried onions to these potatoes, YUM!

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