Boeuf Bourguignon

Ever since Amy Adams so adorably said “boeuf bourguignon” in the movie Julie and Julia, I set my mind on one day making it myself.

Here was a movie about a book about a blog (say that three times) from a writer who turned thirty and discovered the joys of cooking with a childhood hero. And here I am, three years later (yup, it took me a while), a blogger who likes books and movies, who turned thirty (one), and still discovering the joys of cooking.

I mean, there’s some parallelism there, right?

I do have some things in common with Julie Powell, the author of Julie and Julia and Cleaving: we both love butter and beef liver and chocolate in all forms. But I did not grow up watching Julia Child on TV (I have a different hero) and I most certainly do not rely on just one cookbook alone for an entire year.

And If I had to that – cook every recipe from an entire cookbook for an entire year – I will most probably choose a cookbook by Ina Garten aka Barefoot Contessa. I’ve prepared many of her dishes and have always been happy with the results.

So when the time finally came for me to make Boeuf Bourgignon, I decided to nix the Julia Child recipe and went with Beef Bourgignon ala Ina Garten

Ina Garten’s recipe was supposed to take just a couple of hours but I gave myself almost double the time (I’ve learned from experience to allow myself extra time when trying a new recipe for the first time), which turned out to be a wise decision because I ran into a few delays: dropping bowls by mistake and shattering them, knocking over a salt crock onto my hardwood floor, cutting myself. You know, random graceful things that usually happen to me.

I only made a few of changes to the recipe: I omitted the cognac because I sadly didn’t have any, I cooked it in the oven at 325 F (instead of 250 F), and I added the frozen pearl onions about an hour after everything went into the oven, because I wanted to make sure they were thoroughly cooked and softened.

This boeuf bourgignon was a main entree I served during my small birthday dinner, and my friends and I loved it. It got really thick, and the lean stew meat tasted like tender, wine-braised, pieces of steak.

I served it with egg noodles tossed in a little bit of olive oil and butter, salt, pepper, and shredded parsley. I made some roasted brussels sprouts on the side too, and served everything with Jam Jar sweet shiraz.

For appetizers that night, I made some pimiento cheese, and set out a wedge of aged gouda, with a little jar of hot pepper jelly, mini pita rounds, and plain kettle cooked potato chips. And for dessert, we had the best birthday cake.

You can find the recipe for Ina Garten’s Beef Bourguignon here and for Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourgignon here.

It was one of the longer (step-wise and time-wise) recipes I’ve ever made but I have to say that the end result was very rewarding. I waited so long to make this because I was intimidated by the long ingredient list and the long prep time, but it was all worth it and it actually was not hard to make at all! Just lots of steps, but fairly easy.

I think Julie, Julia, and Ina should be proud, as am I!

Have you been inspired by a movie to try a new recipe? Tell me about it in the comments section!


32 Responses to “Boeuf Bourguignon”

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    Megan posted February 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

    This looks beautiful! I think the first Julia Child recipe I ever made was her boeuf bourguignon. It’s not that bad.. so you definitely try that one next. I tend to drop things or cut myself when I have tons of things to prep and cook. It sounds like you had an absolutely fabulous birthday.

    We just watched Bridesmaids again last night, and I remembered how much I loved that she baked one perfect and perfectly decorated cupcake. I wouldn’t put it past myself to do something like that.

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    Renee {Eat.Live.Blog} posted February 4, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I love this post and kindof wish I had written it because I agree with everything you wrote. Sometimes I just find myself saying “boeuf bourguignon” in Amy Adams voice out of nowhere. True story.

    Boeuf bourguignon has been on my “to cook” list for years, and I am not sure what I am waiting for, because it looks delicious!

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

      I know, she is too cute! She makes Julie Powell seem much more loveable than in the books :p

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted February 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Well done! That’s a really good tip to leave extra time when working on a new recipe. I NEVER do that and am always frantic as a result!

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    Taryn posted February 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    This looks so delicious! I’ve always wanted to make that recipe after being inspired by the movie too, but I still haven’t gotten around to it. Glad to know Ina’s recipe was good too! Also… those mini pita rounds are awesome, I’ve never seen those! Must find.

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

      I buy the mini pita rounds from either Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods :)

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    Daisy posted February 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    you had quite the birthday dinner party. i think that’s such a fun way to celebrate. i love ina gartens recipes too – in fact, I’m making her jalapeno cheddar cornbread tomorrow!

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    Elizabeth posted February 5, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Funny, Dave and I were just talking about boeuf bourguignon yesterday. That plate looks gorgeous. I’m a fan of Ina too.

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    Michelle posted February 5, 2012 at 10:59 am

    This looks gorgeous and a dish to be proud of for your birthday feast!

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    Olga @ MangoTomato posted February 5, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    That looks incredible! I too love Barefoot Contessa, so I’m glad you went with her recipe. This is one of the dishes I’ve never made…maybe should put it on my list ;)

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    MelissaNibbles posted February 6, 2012 at 6:09 am

    This looks incredible! I hope they make a movie out of Ina’s life one day. She’s led such an interesting life and is an advocate for Planned Parenthood and gay rights. I just love her.

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 6, 2012 at 11:07 am

      I didn’t know that – that makes me love here even more too!

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    Alaina posted February 6, 2012 at 9:45 am

    That looks like such a delicious dinner!!

    I’ve never made anything from the Barefoot Contessa. I’ve watched her show a couple of times. I’ll have to check out her cookbooks!

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Thanks Alaina! Yes, definitely try out one of her recipes one day. All pretty easy and tasty :)

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    Erica @ In and Around Town posted February 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Sounds like you threw yourself an amazing party! You should be very proud of this dish! I have made it once before when I got my first dutch oven – it took me quite some time, but it was totally worth it. I used one of Chuck Williams’ recipes, but I think I need to try Julia’s.

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    Candy @ Candy Girl posted February 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I hope I never have to pick only one cookbook to cook from for a year, but if I had to, Ina would be my first choice too. Lovely birthday dinner!

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    honeywhatscooking posted February 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I loved the movie Julie and Julia… so good. Unfortunately (or fortunately :-) I don’t eat beef. I didn’t grow up watching Julia Child either.. but that was a great movie, i was able to relate.

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    kale @ tastes good to me! posted February 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Gosh it took me so long to get on the bandwagon too. I read Julie& Julia and My Life in France and loved them both, but it took me years to work up the courage, so I hear ya! Glad you’re here, making “Boof Boor-ging-yaw”! ;)

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    Susan (Oliepants) posted February 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    When I saw your blog title, I thought of the movie instantly! This looks so hearty and comforting!

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    Maris (In Good Taste) posted February 7, 2012 at 7:00 am

    This is the perfect dish. Comfort food and fancy enough for a dinner party!

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    Meghan posted February 7, 2012 at 8:47 am

    What a fabulous meal!

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    Joanne posted February 7, 2012 at 8:49 am

    What a fun birthday celebration meal! Comfort food to the max.

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    Dana posted February 7, 2012 at 10:19 am

    What a great birthday treat! The stew looks so hearty and flavorful!

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    Molly Galler posted February 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Can you send that appetizer platter right over to my desk? Congrats on crossing this iconic recipe off your list!

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    Simply Life posted February 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I’m so impressed you made this!!!

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    Jenn from Much to My Delight posted February 8, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Now THAT’S a meal! Man, as if the boeuf bourguignon weren’t decadent enough–you offered a delicious looking cheese plate and cake too? How do I get myself on the invite list over at your place?

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    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday posted February 8, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I love stews so much. And I was just saying to Matt that I want to make this dish. My sister said she’s made the JC version (that’s Julia Child, not Jesus Christ BTW) a couple of times and it turned out fabulous. Sometimes (read: always) I find JC’s recipes a bit more time consuming than necessary. Good call going with Ina, I think she simplifies things in her recipes a bit without skimping on taste.

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Haha I might start calling her JC too! Yeah recipes are definitely more time consuming…

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    Amy (Savory Moments) posted February 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I’ve said that I’m going to make this as well, but I haven’t yet. It looks great – good job!

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    Marcie posted November 16, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Good job Bianx! Your birthday menu sounds really yummy! Wish i could have been there to celebrate with you! Crossing my fingers that I get to see you on my next visit to the US! :)

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    Bianca Garcia posted February 16, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Yes, it’s better the next day! :)


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