Slow Cooking My Wife’s Purse

For much of my childhood I was a latchkey kid. Both parents worked, and several times every week I would come home to a note that read:

Crock Pot is in the fridge. Plug in on high. Love, Mom.

We used our slow cooker a significant amount. Chicken or beef. I don’t really remember anything thing else, but we had a variety of recipesΒ with chicken or beef. By the time my parents came in the door from a long day of work, the smell of the slow cooking creation had permeated the house (and driven the dogs crazy with hunger).

A favorite of ours (and many slow cooker chefs) was Beef Burgundy. Not beef bourguignon, or Boeuf Γ  la Bourguignonne. That sounded too fancy for our slow cooker, so we just called it Beef Burgundy.

Such a rich, meaty dish.

I purchased stroganoff cut beef and sliced it into cubes and the mushrooms were baby bella mushrooms.

Dice and fry up the bacon.

Then the boeuf. Um, I mean beef.

Throw it all into the slow cooker.

I started this little trick several years ago. My wife leaves for work at a time where starting the cooking on slow right when she leaves, makes it pretty much perfect timing. As I generally prepare the slow cooker the night before, and to insure it actually makes it out of the fridge, I started hiding her purse in the outer shell of the slow cooker. Let’s say we haven’t missed once with this plan.

Beef Burgundy

Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time:Β 8 hrs |Β  Difficulty: Easy


  • 2 slices bacon — chopped
  • 2 pounds sirloin tip or round steak — cut in 1 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clove garlic — minced
  • 1 cube beef bouillon — crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups Burgundy wine
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 lb fresh mushrooms


In large skillet cook bacon several minutes. Remove bacon and set aside. Coat beef with flour and brown on all sides in bacon mixture. Combine steak, bacon drippings, cooked bacon, seasonings, bouillon and Burgundy in crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until meat is tender. Turn control to high. Add cornstarch (dissolved in 2 tablespoons water); cook on high 15 minutes. Serves 6. NOTES : Can add 1/4 pound fresh mushrooms during last 15 minutes, if desired.


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Categories: Beef, French, Low Carb, Main Dish, Pork, Recipes, Slow Cooker, Wine

Author:The Ranting Chef

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95 Comments on “Slow Cooking My Wife’s Purse”

  1. April 5, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    I love using my crock pot. It is wonderful to come home and the house smells all yummy…


  2. Michelle Williford
    April 5, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    You are a genius! Hiding her purse is the best idea ever!


  3. April 5, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    I love this, can’t wait to try with my own slow cooker. =)


  4. April 5, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Those green beans look perfectly cooked. I mean, perfectly!


  5. April 5, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Love the crock pot – I always feel as though someone else slaved all day and surprised me with a wonderful meal. Now if only they would clean the house too! LOL


  6. April 5, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    I love Beef Burgundy! Slow cooking will always be the best!


  7. April 5, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    Genius! Love the purse idea. We used to make this dish, too. I haven’t had it in a while, though. I think the crock pot can be a great tool for times when we have soccer practice or dance lessons or something right up until dinnertime. Such a help.


  8. Lauren's Plate
    April 5, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Yum, I love this dish. Where is my crockpot hiding?


  9. April 5, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    My husband is going to love this one! Thanks so much for sharing πŸ˜‰


  10. April 5, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    I have never tried to slow cook this dish. I don’t even own a slow cooker at the moment. Usually the French just call it bΕ“uf bourguignon. I’ve made this recipe out of Joy of Cooking and it usually turns out yummy.


  11. April 5, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    I keep contemplating buying a slow cooker again…but I don’t have a place to store it. Usually I adapt recipes for my dutch oven and cook them on the weekends when I plan to be home for several hours. I may have to do that with this one! Yum.


  12. April 5, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    OMG … so yummy!!! Now I’ve got something new to try for Sunday dinner! Bonus: it’s in the slow cooker!!!


  13. April 5, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Thanks, Chef! This one will be tried very soon – I’m suddenly quite hungry.


  14. Lori M.
    April 5, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    LOL!!!!! I was worried that your family was reduced to actually EATING Patti’s purse!


  15. April 5, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Very clever post and I love the recipe. I’m a big fan of slow cookers. Thanks!


  16. ambergravitt
    April 5, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Love the title. I have to admit I thought it was going to be about the magic that can happen after throwing a tough cut of meat in the slow cooker, but I like the purse idea too!


  17. April 5, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    That looks lovely. Beef Burgundy and Beef Stroganoff (which you also wrote about, yes?) are two of my fave dishes. Is bacon typical in this dish? I’ve never used it in bouef burgundy by any name. Am sure it doesn’t hurt!


    • April 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

      Bacon is the superior food group, it only makes it better πŸ™‚


  18. April 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Hmmm, without the wine and the flour we could make this PV Dukan friendly. Might jest work on that this weekend πŸ™‚


  19. April 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    That is so funny, but very effective!


  20. April 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Your growing up was much like mine. I was that kid as well πŸ™‚


  21. April 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Lol πŸ˜€

    That trick might actually work for us. I’m sharing this with my Fiance πŸ˜€


  22. April 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    how smart are you!!! great call! oh, and the recipe sounds great, too


  23. April 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Clever picture. πŸ™‚


  24. April 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Okay – this is genius – the recipe and the purse plan…..makeing a note to self – cook the purse…..


  25. April 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Luv my slow cooker – would be lost without it. Still grappling with my pressure cooker, however, we’ve made a silent truce. Yum


  26. Maggie
    April 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    This one is “in the bag”! Always up for a slow cooker recipe that actually works. SCORE!


  27. April 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Thank you for your visit and liking my post.


  28. April 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    I love slow cooking anything.. especially in my dutch oven on top of the wood stove in winter, this would be perfect, and there is even a wee cup of red left in the bottle for me! c


    • April 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

      Thank you for this recipe! I like the post as well! I just saw it a few months ago on the No Reservations show and have both a slow cooker and a dutch oven. Now the possibilities can mash up! Blessings


    • April 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      When I am cooking with wine it is a requirement that there is a glass going for me!


  29. April 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    cute story πŸ™‚


  30. April 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Brilliance! Great recipe, too.


  31. April 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    I love the title of this post! lol. Crock pot cooking is the best…and just like you said the best part about it is coming home to a house permeated with the smell of whats been cooking. One of the simple joys in life πŸ™‚


  32. April 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    My mother was queen of the crockpot!


  33. April 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    The title got me too – but the recipe will keep me coming back πŸ™‚ Going to make this one soon!


    • April 28, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

      A pressure coeokr is the exact opposite of a slow coeokr it actually cooks food really fast, almost like a microwave but has been around for at least 50 years. A slow coeokr is the same as a crock pot, you can actually put all your ingredients in before you go to work set it on slow and come home to a really nice cooked meal- it’s great for stuffed peppers, soups, and I love making pork, chicken or beef pulled barbecue .which is just simmering the meat at low temperature in a little water then removing the meat- emptying the water- pulling the meat apart- putting it back in the coeokr and add your favorite barbecue sauce and cook for another 30 minutes . My mom used to use a pressure coeokr- but it scares me because it exploded one time- the gasket on it was cracked and it actually shot the top of the coeokr which was heavy metal, up into the ceiling, so I’m not keen on them- but the slow coeokr/crock pot I love ..I hope I helped on half your answer and I cook my rice on the stove or in the microwave.


  34. April 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Like your story. I also leave my kids notes about starting the crock pot. Nothing is better than coming home from work knowing dinner is done.


  35. April 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Using my slow cooker makes me feel like I’m succeeding at being a housewife despite my 9-5 job. My husband comes home to a home cooked meal, and I come home to my husband AND a home cooked meal! It’s perfect!


  36. April 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Another must try recipe! Props to the ingredients that aren’t too hard to find. And hiding of the purse is such an adorable idea!


  37. April 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I love the beef burgundy idea in the slow cooker. I’ll have to give this one a try!


  38. April 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    Reblogged this on onedadskitchen and commented:
    Here’s one from another blog I follow at, a great blog with great recipes. Check out this one for beef burgundy in the slow cooker.


  39. April 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Call it boeuf or beef it is still good eats.I was classically trained for a culinary degree at UNLV;many years ago and I think the slow cooker or crock pot is a greatly under estimated tool.Since I am retired I use the heck out of my crock pot.And your use of your wife’s purse as both timer and reminder is pretty cool.Thanks I’ve gotta’ try it.


  40. siriusproductionsllc
    April 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Interesting that you post this today as I’m off work today and last night my wife prepared a crook pot meal for today. So I’m sitting around surfing the net and smelling dinner at this moment.


  41. April 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    I love this idea. I will have to start using our crockpot more (for something other than melting plain handmade goat milk soap to “french mill” it into a scented soap… just kidding, the soap actually has it’s own crockpot.) Since the shoe is on the other foot here, I’d have to hide hubby’s baseball hat, keys wallet and cell phone in the crockpot!


  42. April 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Very funny! I was sure you were about to say you hid her purse in the fridge!


  43. April 5, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    Love it! Gonna share on FB!


  44. Chef Heidi
    April 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    Brilliant! Now if I could only get my hubby to take a purse to work. Had to smile when I saw your table and chairs in the ingredients photo. We share a similar view as we stand at our kitchen island cooking and photographing for our blogs! Definitely one of the best vantage points in the house.


  45. April 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    I love my slow cooker…but I usually just start it before I leave…although maybe I could hide my husband’s wallet in the outer shell too:)!


  46. April 6, 2012 at 4:15 am #

    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking it. I am going to send a link to my daughter back home for the beef burgundy , so she has another suggestion for feeding her brothers. Love the idea with the purse!


  47. April 6, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    sounds like a good plan! and a great recipe πŸ™‚ I have just passed on an award …


  48. April 6, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    I was a bit of a latch key kid too πŸ˜‰ Low slow cooking – fantastic to arrive back to the smell of a wonderful meal that has been gently cooking all day! Liver and bacon is particularly good in a slow cooker imho. Actually haven’t used my slow cooker for ages – will have to get back to it soon!


  49. April 6, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    I meant love slow cooking! doh!


  50. April 6, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    A clever way to remember the crockpot. A lot of times at the end of a work day hubby and I will ask each other what’s for dinner – neither of us thought about this earlier. I think we might need to start leaving his wallet and my purse in the freezer so we will remember to take some meat out for supper! I love beef burgundy and haven’t had it in years – thanks for sharing your recipe!


  51. whateverisinthekitchen
    April 6, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Oh my gosh, I’m bookmarking this recipe. When I was a kid MY MOM made something she called beef burgundy in the crock pot. This brings back some amazing memories!


  52. April 6, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    I’m collecting slow-cooker recipes. The electricity is too unreliable where we live now, so they will have to wait until we are back in the U.S. This looks like a great one!


  53. April 6, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Yummy, Please how can I make an omelette?


    • April 6, 2012 at 9:19 am #

      An omelette is a dish that is made where you break several eggs into a bowl and whisk them to mix up the yolk and egg white. You then pour the mixture into a small pan over medium heat that is either non-stick or has been oiled. After about 2 minutes the egg has solidifed on the bottom and you turn or flip the contents so what was the top is now down in the pan (trying to keep it all one piece). You then put in meats and/or vegetables and cheese on top and fold the egg over the mixture (think of egg on top and bottom with contents inside. Continue to cook and flip until both sides are cooked. Serve.


  54. April 6, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Wow mate that looks absolutely scrumptious. Anything with Mushrooms i will automatically love πŸ™‚


  55. April 6, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Busy people=Crockpot Dinners. Thanks for sharing a recipe I’d like to try in my Crockpot. πŸ™‚


  56. April 6, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    What an easy recipe! Looks delicious πŸ™‚


  57. Gluten-free Medley
    April 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    I’ll bet that would work with my husband’s wallet too, or maybe his cell phone. Although, he still probably won’t see it right in front of his nose!!

    I can smell the beef cooking from here – mmmmm!!


  58. April 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Haha… That’s a great idea! Hiding her purse!


  59. April 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    What a title! You grabbed everyone just with that title… lovely!


  60. April 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Haha. Great idea!


  61. April 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    One of my very favourite meals. So glad I found your blog – look forward to reading more πŸ™‚


  62. April 7, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    We have beef on Tuesday nights, now I have a new Tuesday night dinner. Thanks


  63. April 7, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    Yum…that sounds great, will have to try.
    I just made a fattening, egg noodle cheese casserole with sour cream, cream cheese, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, and tons of cinnamon, I should’ve had your recipe for dinner, but I was happy just eating my “dessert dinner.”


  64. April 7, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    Hiding your wife’s purse as a reminder is sheer poetry, I love it.


  65. April 7, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    What a lovely walk down memory lane….I love a heritage meal!


  66. April 7, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Certainly a great dish for my son as he cooks with his SlowCooker/Crockpot a lot being a Uni student … well, I’m not a student and I use my Crockpot a lot too ;-)) Thanks for sharing!!


  67. April 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    This is one of my favorite dishes as well but never made it in a crock pot.


  68. April 8, 2012 at 4:02 am #

    Your dish looks fabulous! I love slow cooker meals. It makes busy, soccer nights so much more manageable.


  69. Chuck
    April 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Oh yeah…it looks soooooooooooo good.


  70. April 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    I have had slow cooked purse many times in my life, although my parents insisted on calling it calve’s liver.


  71. April 9, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    these look absolutely mouthwatering and it is not helping that I am looking at all these yummy pics at night!


  72. April 28, 2012 at 11:11 am #



  73. May 22, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Maybe you should come and cook on a Bliss Travels trip!!


    • May 22, 2012 at 11:01 am #

      Get me a ticket, a kitchen and a chance to buy and use local ingredients, I’m there!!!


  74. September 15, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    I used to put my husband’s keys on top of his lunch bento in the fridge so he’d remember to take it with him, LOL


  75. Jayne
    December 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    you’re hilarious! Never stop at anything to get a good meal, I say.


  76. December 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    Just have a few crockpot meals under my belt, and have decided to see if I can make all my meals from it for most of the coming year. Maybe I will try out this recipe!
    Thanks for the visit.


  77. January 30, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Great post. Did you get a chance to read slow cooking posted at Savor the Food? Here is the link: .

    I want to take this time to express my appreciation for your comments and readership of Savor the food. πŸ™‚

    Chef Randall


  78. worldofamummy
    April 8, 2013 at 2:40 am #

    I love my slow cooker, this is definitely a recipe I need to try!


  79. January 6, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    This sounds so so so delicious. I was drawn in by the hilarious post title, and now I’ve got a recipe that I can’t wait to try! Crock pots are the best. I get decent results when I just fly by the seat of my pants, but I think this will take it to the next level!


  80. aej
    January 4, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

    You can just tell your love for cooking from the way you write. I love your blog! And this recipe looks aaaammmmaaazzzziiinnnggg.


  81. July 5, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Thanks for the like on This looks yummy – and great idea to make sure it get’s switched on in a morning. Not sure which tip I’ll be taking to heart first!



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