beef bourguignon with roasted potatoes

I am very much like my mother.

We both moved out to California in our mid-twenties and fell in love with good looking Texas boys.

We both are willing to give just about anything up to travel and share a mutual love for Paris, red wine, strong coffee and candy raisins.

We both are obsessed with the Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

So, it didn’t really come to any shock when, the other day, as I was shopping for beef, red wine and potatoes to make this dish, my phone rang and it was my mom who was currently making beef bourguignon three thousand miles away.

If in the past, beef bourguignon has intimidated you, this is your chance! It’s really not difficult to make at all; it just requires a few hours of cooking time. Actually, I would be so bold to say that this dish is one of the easiest dishes to make. All you do is brown your meat, saute your veggies, then add your meat to your veggies, pour in some wine and go. Bam.

A few hours later, you have a rich wine flavored stew. Chunks of tender beef and vegetables in an almost velvet-like sauce that’s perfect for sopping up with crusty golden new potatoes.

And you know the very BEST part???? It’s totally a free pass for drinking wine during the day. I mean, it’s practically mandatory to at least try the wine you are cooking with first. Right? But just don’t blame me when end up falling asleep by 2pm with your beef bourguignon still simmering on the stove. I’m sure it’s happened at least once.

Don’t be that girl.

Head over to PBS Food for the recipe!


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  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    January 6, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Your meal looks wonderful and that’s pretty amazing you and your mom have lived such a parallel life in so many ways. I always wonder how similar or different my daughter will be from me as she continues to grow up.

    Hope you’re feeling better with your cold and have a great weekend!

  • Erika - The Teenage Taste
    January 6, 2012 at 4:19 am

    Ahhh, beef bourguignon is my favorite! I always order it when I eat out! 😀

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    January 6, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Mmmm we just had roasted potatoes last night. We added dried oregano and fresh thyme. Can’t beat that with a club.

  • Blog is the New Black
    January 6, 2012 at 4:44 am

    LOVE beef bourguignon! I made Ina’s recipe last year and it was DIVINE! 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    January 6, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Like mother, like daughter!! I don’t eat red meat, but I’m loving the looks of those roasted potatoes!

  • Julie @ Table for Two
    January 6, 2012 at 5:30 am

    I saw this on your Instagram the other day and I’ve been anxiously waiting for this recipe since!! I also wasn’t sure if it was a restaurant you were at or if you made it — I didn’t want to ask in case it’d offend you haha..this looks absolutely, fan-freakin-tastic. I want to make this TONIGHT. I love the excuse to have wine while cooking this!

  • Heather
    January 6, 2012 at 5:35 am

    You never fail to crack me up. My mom and I are like that too (insert Florida and minus her making a meal that did not come out of a box). We are almost always talking when she is cooking and I am prepping dinner, and we are both making tacos, pizzas, or making spaghetti, grilling mojo pork, etc. (At least 2-3 times a week we make the same thing on the same day inadvertently) And we both remodeled our kitchen at the same time and did not discuss what we were choosing. We both bought the same black granite sink (just diff. styles- I went single huge basin). We have the same rugs, under the same table, with the same bar stools, and bought the same ugg boots at the time. Really weird.

  • Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy
    January 6, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Like mother, like daughter. I am noticing more and more just how alike my mom and I are! This dish always reminds me of Julie and Julia!

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    January 6, 2012 at 5:48 am

    That looks so wonderful! I can definitely see serving this at a dinner party.

  • katie @KatieDid
    January 6, 2012 at 5:55 am

    My mother and I are two very different people. It’s funny how that happens though, we embrace it and learn from one another though!

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    January 6, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Yessss, I’m making this this weekend! How do you think it would taste w sweet potatoes instead of white though?

    I’m a lot like my mom too, esp more as I get older.. it’s funny how you learn that about yourself over time.

  • Cait's Plate
    January 6, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Those potatoes look absolutely divine. (I know, probably not the thing I was supposed to pick out of the entire dish, but they’re definitely what grabbed me!)

  • Jenni
    January 6, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Could this be transferred to a crock-pot?

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  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    January 6, 2012 at 6:50 am

    I bought Julia Child’s cookbook 2 years ago solely for this recipe. I was obsessed with making it the “right” way and it’s been my go to winter, comfort meal ever since. Those potatoes you served it with look absolutely perfect!

  • Ashley
    January 6, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Looks divine! I can’t wait to make it!!

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    January 6, 2012 at 6:52 am

    looks beautiful! I could do make this right now 😉

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    January 6, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I’m not an huge stew eater, but ever since watching Julie and Julia…I’ve been sort of intrigued with this recipe. Your stamp of approval might just get me to try it! Happy weekend to you Jenna!

  • Leslie Means @ Her View From Home
    January 6, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Totally making this tonight for a little stay home date night with the husband! Thanks, as always, for another fantastic recipe!!!! 🙂 P.S. – I love ANYTHING with wine in it – especially red wine!! YUM!

  • sarah
    January 6, 2012 at 7:02 am

    hey jenna, the only think i’ve done differently with this dish in the past is cook it with BACON- so good. i’ve used ina garten’s recipe, but yours will def be used for a lighter attempt at this dish! thanks for sharing. and i miss your outfit posts!

  • Cassie
    January 6, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I’ve wanted to make this for so long. BEAUTIFUL, Jenna! Wish I had some for lunch!

  • Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life
    January 6, 2012 at 7:18 am

    This looks amazing !!

    I love that you and your mom are so similar. On Christmas Eve, I showed up at church wearing a new top and cardigan I just picked up from Old Navy. My mom had the exact same outfit on… Totally unplanned. 🙂

  • Kayla
    January 6, 2012 at 7:23 am

    My mom and I both LOVE candy raisins too! I didn’t know anyone else knew about those. They are out of productions, I think. Sad.

    I also love the Streets of Old Milwaukee. 🙂 It’s such a beautiful exhibit.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    January 6, 2012 at 7:27 am

    What a beautiful dish! I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never had this before 🙁 Must change that soon!

  • Angie N
    January 6, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Oh the Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit! I go to the museum for that part alone. I remember taking field trips there in elementary school and always bringing along some money to buy candy from the general store! Love it.

  • Kristin @ FoodFash
    January 6, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I agree that making this recipe is simple, but it’s a patience tester for sure!

  • Heather @ Girlyeverafter
    January 6, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I have never made beef bourguignon because it always seemed too fancy. I did see an old episode of No Reservations where Anthony Bourdain showed how to make it and it’s a lot less intimidating now.

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    January 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Thanks for breaking beef bourguignon down. I think it sounds like the perfect thing to make on a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon. Can’t wait to try!

  • Missy
    January 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I have Julia Child’s old cookbook and her recipe for beef bourguignon is tagged for me to make. I really want to give it a try, so I can drink wine at noon, of course. 🙂

  • Lisa
    January 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    This is actually one of my favorite dishes. A good friend of mine makes it once a year for my birthday and it is A-MAZ-ING!!!

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    January 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Isn’t the Mom/Daughter connection amazing? My Mom and I do that all the time. I love when I’m just about to call her my phone rings. I hope I have that same connection with daughter as she gets older.

    My husband would love this recipe. Maybe I’ll be nice to him and surprise him! 🙂

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    January 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I think this is a very cute post. My mom and I have whipped up the same recipe on the same day but we hav never been 3000 miles away. I completely agree with the wine sampling…its absolutely mandatory! Beef Bourguignon is one of my favorite recipes to make in the winter.

  • Chrissy
    January 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    It all makes sense now… I have been dreaming about this! Obviously it’s time to get to work and make it !

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl
    January 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Total deliciousness and comfort in this meal, right here!

  • Lauren @ the talking kitchen
    January 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    of course i wont be that girl… i’ll for sure make it to 4 pm. thanks so much for the recipe this looks dank.

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    January 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for a great meal idea… my hubby would love this!

  • Wendi
    January 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    My very first thought that came into my head when I saw your post was the great Julia Child and the unique and oh so cute way she pronounced “Beof Bouguignon” lol. It looks absolutely delish! I hope you have a great weekend hun!!

  • Lauren
    January 6, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Beautiful!! Your photos keep getting better and better!

  • Kristen @ Change of Pace
    January 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

    One of my favorite meals ever. I’ve never made it though. It always seems too time consuming… This looks amazing.

  • Mary
    January 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    On the rotation for next week! Every time I see the words Beef Bourguignon, I hear Julia Child’s singing voice in my mind saying “Beouf Bourguignon” in her funny, attempted french accent, old lady voice! Is that weird?

  • Amanda
    January 7, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I love the Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit! I could go there every week and love every minute of it! I love the old fashioned candy store.

    This recipe looks really good, I love all the things you post Jenna. Thanks!

  • Tasha
    January 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I made the potatoes the other night with one small addition-try with elephant garlic slices, it gives it a nice little garlicky kick!

  • Amanda
    January 9, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Made it last night and it was so good!! Thank you! Couldn’t wait for lunch today just to have the leftovers.

  • Amy
    January 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

    One of my favorite of all-time! Such a comfort food. YUM!

  • Maggie
    January 9, 2012 at 11:11 am

    This looks fantastic! Will make it soon.

    Also, I had to note the Streets of Old Milwaukee in the MPM. I got married in March and we had our reception there. Made for great pictures and entertained guests. We even had the candy store and nickelodeon theater open. Love it! You can see pics here (start at 5:05…if it bores you fast forward to the end…best wedding picture ever!) http://vimeo.com/20797334

  • MeganTheFirst
    January 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I made this over the weekend and it was awesome. It’s even good sans mushrooms, because I forgot them. It also made a great lunch today.

  • Chelsea
    January 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Jenna, my mom made this for Sunday lunch, and the whole fam absolutely loved it. Nice work!

  • Carolyn
    January 10, 2012 at 7:33 am

    I made this Sunday and it turned out fantastic! Leftovers in my lunch today. I panicked a little bit when making it because for a minute I thought I was out of red wine (the horror) and in Minnesota, liquor stores aren’t open on Sunday! But turns out I had some Trader Joe’s on hand, so all was well. Thanks for inspiring me with such great recipes! : )

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    January 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Never made it! Guess I’m going to have to try it now!

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