Slow Cooker Boeuf Bourguignon; cooking for one

I’m trying to convert all of our favorite classics to the slow cooker this winter.

Everyone should have a cold weather project and this is mine.

Normally, I marinate the beef for a few hours before cooking. As it was going to cook slowly for hours I skipped that step.

I’m trying to keep the steps for slow cooker recipes to a minimum and skipping the marinating didn’t seem to make a difference.

Plus I was feeling particularly lazy that day.

Use a decent, drinkable wine for this, preferably a burgundy.

Slow Cooker Boeuf Bourguignon

Total time: 9 hours


  • 24oz (720gr) beef, suitable for braising or stewing, cut into 1 1/2″ (4cm) cubes
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 1 bottle (750ml) robust red wine
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 carrot, cut into small pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 3oz (100gr) bacon, chopped
  • 8 – 10 shallots, peeled, left whole
  • 4oz (120gr) mushrooms, trimmed, quartered if large
  • 1 tbs pure cocoa powder
  • 3 tbs cornstarch (maizena) dissolved in 3 tbs water


  • Heat oil in a large skillet. Add beef and brown on all sides, about 10 minutes, remove to a plate.
  • Add bacon and fry until crisp.
  • Add shallots, carrots, garlic, and fry briefly, 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Put vegetables / bacon into the slow cooker.
  • Add beef to slow cooker. Tuck in bouquet garni and top with mushrooms.
  • Add 1/2 cup red wine to skillet and stir to get up any browned bits.
  • Stir in vinegar, than pour over the beef.
  • Add as much red wine as needed to almost cover the beef.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 1/2 hours.
  • Stir once after about 4 hours if possible.
  • To finish: Remove as much of the wine sauce as possible, leaving the beef and vegetables in the cooker. Put the sauce in a saucepan
  • Turn the cooker off and cover it to keep the beef warm while finishing the sauce.
  • Bring sauce to a boil over medium – high heat.
  • Whisk in cocoa and let reduce for 5 minutes.
  • Slowly whisk in cornstarch mixture to thicken.  It clears as it cooks and thickens.
  • Remove the beef and vegetables to a platter or shallow bowl.
  • Spoon some sauce over the beef and serve, remaining sauce on the side.

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I’m cooking for one this week.

Mon mari’s hip started bothering him before Christmas, and rather than risk good biking weather he decided to get a new one now.

Good choice, in my opinion. I do hate to waste nice summer weather.

While he is lounging around the hospital, playing with his crutches, the dogs and I are guarding the house.

They are not happy – for several reasons.

I’m gone during the day when I should be here walking them (the least important reason).
Twice I was late with their treats (mon mari‘s job).
They have not had their morning toast crusts.
They have not had their lunch cheese ends / bits of ham / bits of sandwich.

You see while I walk them and feed them and brush them and train them mon mari gives them treats.

I actually stopped at a bakery and bought a small loaf of bread so I could make toast to give the dogs….


I digress…..

I’m cooking for one so that means I make all the things that I don’t make when cooking for two.

It’s not that mon mari is a picky eater – he’s not. He eats almost anything,

But when one cooks for two there are always compromises.

For example I suggest spaghetti and meatballs and he says great – but why don’t you make the meatballs with mushroom sauce and mashed potatoes…. Which I like equally well, but it’s not the same.

So for 5 days I can eat all the weird combinations I don’t eat when he’s here.

Tonight I’m having Tuna Chowder – with some of the dogs bread for toast.

Do you eat differently when cooking for one?

Last update on February 1, 2017

6 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Boeuf Bourguignon; cooking for one”

  1. I actually don’t cook much when I’m alone, which is rare and which I wish husband’s work would rectify. He needs to travel! But if he’s not here, I only cook when I’m truly hungry and that’s way less often than him. Sometimes, every other day.

    Happy healing to your Mari. The dogs will adjust…

  2. Kate , the post for the salmon and gnocci is coming thru garbled (?) can’t read it even coming directly from google….The beef burgundy is fine . thought you would like to know.

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