This slow cooker beef bourguignon may not be quite as rich as a bourguignon cooked slowly on the stove but it still has bags of flavour and is so convenient. It’s just perfect for easy midweek meals when everyone is back at school or work.
This month has 5 Mondays and so welcome to a bonus Secret Recipe Club assignment. This is actually the first bonus challenge I’ve taken part in but the theme was just perfect for me. The challenge was to find a recipe just right for making once the holidays come to an end and everyone is back at school or work, the type of recipe you can make quickly or with very little effort. Well, that is exactly the type of recipe I love. I could easily have made double of this so it would have lasted for more meals, making it a perfect #CookOnceEatTwice choice as well.
The blog I was assigned to was Life on Food, written by Emily. Emily has a gorgeous little boy aged 1 and so she really appreciates meals that can be made quickly and with minimum effort so this theme certainly suits her too!
When I first looked at Emily’s blog I went straight to the slow cooker section. I love my slow cooker and for me it really makes life easier in the evening when trying to juggle putting the children to bed, going out for a run and managing to get dinner ready for me and Mr SearchingforSpice before it gets too late! Emily has a great selection of exactly the type of slow cooked meals I would choose to eat. There was Slow Cooker Curry Chicken Wings, Crock Pot Curry Chicken and Slow Cooker Asian Beef Short Ribs and even Crock Pot Baked Apples for dessert! I was spoilt for choice just in the slow cooker section!
I decided on the slow cooker beef bourguignon in the end as we all love beef bourguignon. What makes it so good is the little smoked bacon lardons as they add so much flavour to the sauce along with the red wine, stock and herbs. It’s a real comfort meal and one that I’ll definitely want to make again once the weather turns colder too.
This is my second recipe for beef bourguignon. This earlier recipe contains a lot more wine and is cooked in the oven instead of in the slow cooker. After all, it’s certainly worth having more than one recipe for a classic such as this!
- 200g smoked bacon lardons
- 450g stewing steak
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 200g mushrooms, quartered
- 2 large carrots, sliced into batons
- 75ml red wine
- 75ml beef stock
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp basil
- 1tsp parsley
- 2 bay leaves
- Put the bacon lardons in a saucepan and cook until browned. Empty them into the bottom of the slow cooker then brown the beef in the same pan.
- Empty the beef into the slow cooker and add all the other ingredients.
- Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
- Serve with baked or mashed potato or crusty bread.