Gluten Free Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon Recipe with Step-by-step Instructions

Friday, November 15, 2013

Rich and hearty, this slow-cooked French classic is a perfect winter warmer!
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Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon 

If ever a dish was awarded a prize for rising from the culinary slums to the refined dinner table, beef bourguingnon would be the recipient. This classic French dish had its beginnings in the bowls of peasants, but over time has become one of the most enjoyed and revered beef dishes from Burgundy. 

We aren't Francophiles, well not in an overbearing way. My husband used to live in France and I have become quite obsessed with patisserie and some most French cuisine and we did  have an enjoyable holiday there two years ago (a leisurely roadtrip from Manchester to Calais and around Normandy, Brittany, the Loire Valley and Paris). Okay, maybe we are slightly overbearing Francophiles. But you don't have to be to enjoy this stew!

Ignore the poncy French name and at the end of the day, it's just a stew. But it's a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth stew full of the things I love: soft and tender beef, salty, smoked bacon, pearls of shallots and a richly indulgent red wine sauce fiery with pepper. I always serve bourguignon with mashed potatoes and carrots--either the carrots go in the stew or on the side. But I've seen bowls of bourguignon dished with thick ribbons of egg noodles, too! You could serve it over rice, if you really wanted. But I'd opt for wild rice instead of the perfume-y Jasmine rice popular in Thai dishes or the bitty Basmati. Wild rice or even giant couscous would be an interesting substitution.

I'm doing that thing that food bloggers aren't supposed to do. I'm re-sharing a recipe already published on my blog. I first published a version of this recipe in 2011 and while that it is a very good version, this one's better. A bit longer in the kitchen and after making this dish repeatedly throughout the fall and winter, I've made some changes that make this dish worth re-sharing. The photo alone would be worth it, too!

Ingredients for beef bourguignon from


For the beef bourguignon
2 tbsp thyme and parsley
2 smoked garlic cloves
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp gluten free plain/all-purpose flour
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp sunflower oil
6 or so shallots
150 ml beef stock
175g streaky bacon, chopped
175g chestnut mushrooms, quartered
450g UK sirloin/US porterhouse, chopped
450 ml Shiraz or other red wine
salt & pepper

Beef Bourguignon with mashed potatoes and holiday glazed carrots from


Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon
Step-by-step Instructions:

Frying the bacon for Beef Bourguignon from
Brown the bacon in a bit of oil until crisp. Put in the slowcooker, leaving some of the bacon fat in the pan.

Flouring the beef for Beef Bourguignon from
Season the flour with salt and pepper toss the beef in it.

Searing the beef for Beef Bourguignon from

 Fry the beef in the bacon fat until it is seared and crispy. Once seared, put in slow cooker with bacon.

Add the shallots to the beef and bacon fat for Beef Bourguignon from
Add the halved shallots to the remaining fat in the pan along with garlic.

Frying shallots and garlic for Beef Bourguignon from
Fry until starting to brown.

Cooking mushrooms, shallots, garlic and butter for Beef Bourguignon from
Add the mushrooms and the butter, bay and herb mix and saute until the mushrooms are soft.

Adding wine to the slow cooker for Beef Bourguignon from
 Pour into the slow cooker with the beef stock and red wine.
Cook on high 2 hours or until cooked through. Serve with mashed potatoes and carrots.

Julia Child's Beef Bourguignon Recipe from

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  1. This looks absolutely amazing! I have been dying to try my hand at Beef Bourguignon, and you make it look so easy. And, I can make it in the crock pot? Yes please! I have to admit, I'm a Francophile. I spent nearly 3 weeks in Paris a few years ago. I actually took my first born when she was just 13 months old. I decided I belong in France. I just loved it and can't wait to go back one day.

    1. Ahh nearly 3 weeks in Paris?!?! I'm jealous! I love that you took your daughter when she was 13 months old! Getting them traveling the world early is definitely a fun idea! If you head back, pick me up on the way! Enjoy the recipe; I hope you love it as much as we do!


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