Sunday Rewind: Slow Cooking My Wife’s Purse

Beef Burgundy – Originally posted April 5, 2012

As The Rantings of an Amateur Chef has been going since February of 2012, there are quite a few readers that have joined along the way. In an effort to bring back some great recipes that they may have missed, I will dedicate Sundays to re-posting a favorite that is at least two years old. I hope you enjoy! – The Ranting Chef

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 recipes 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 à la Bourguignonne. That sounded too fancy for our slow cooker, so we just called it Beef Burgundy.

Beef Burgundy

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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: 8 hrs |  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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6 Comments on “Sunday Rewind: Slow Cooking My Wife’s Purse”

  1. January 18, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    Reblogged this on Essence of Pride, Inc and commented:
    This Beef Burgundy looks sooo good! Don’t you agree?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. January 18, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

    wow, looks delicious!

    I know someone who puts his keys in the fridge at his GF’s house, when there are leftovers that he wants tpobring home

    Liked by 2 people

  3. January 18, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

    Looks Delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. January 19, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    Love the “hiding purse”!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Rejoysfull
    January 19, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

    I hope it was more tender than your wife’s purse. 🙂 LOL! Intriguing title. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  6. January 21, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    Reblogged this on infamoussealion and commented:
    I think I’ll need this on my menu!

    Liked by 1 person

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