June Gloom’s Classic Dinner: Boeuf Bourguignon


I honestly can’t recall the last time I made the boeuf bourguignon. It seems like such a fall and winter type of dinner. But hey, June gloom has officially hit Southern California so I have the perfect excuse to reach for Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking once again.

Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon with Garlic Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Our community was hosting an outdoor movie night in the park with some of LA’s most wanted food trucks (Sprinkles, Nom Nom, Ludo, Vizzi, Komodo, etc.) and free popcorn! We enjoyed the movie, grabbed some popcorn but still chose the boeuf bourguignon over food trucks for dinner. I served the entree with creamy garlic mashed potatoes. I find that the dish pairs best with a soft creamy starch like polenta or mashed potatoes instead of noodles, sauteed potatoes, or rice.

Here is the delicious healthy recipe I used for my creamy garlic mashed potatoes with 167 calories per serving:

Healthy Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Servings: 2

  • 1 medium russet potato (approx. 1 lb)
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup of nonfat milk
  • 4 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 1 ounce of grated Parmigiano Reggiano


  1. Peel and dice 1 medium russet potato.
  2. Place in a saucepan, add salt, and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and maintain a boil until the potato is tender (about 20  minutes).
  3. Heat the milk and garlic in a small saucepan over low heat until it is simmering. Remove from heat.
  4. Drain off water from potato saucepan and add milk-garlic mixture and cheese. Mash potatoes until all is well incorporated. Set aside for 5 minutes to let mixture thicken.

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7 comments for “June Gloom’s Classic Dinner: Boeuf Bourguignon

  1. Junia
    June 18, 2011 at 11:55 am

    jessica, this reminds me of julia child!!! or the movie, julie and julia! hahahah :). good idea of bringing your own food over food trucks!

  2. Peggy
    June 18, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Oh my goodness this looks so good! I've yet to tackle the boeuf bourguignon, but one of these days I'll give it a go =)

  3. Jay
    June 19, 2011 at 10:46 am

    wow…this sounds absolutely yummmy..:P
    Tasty Appetite

  4. John
    June 20, 2011 at 6:47 am

    I would have passed on the food trucks for this dish. I could imagine the beef being so tender and the garlic mashed potatoes… my god.

  5. Chris and Amy
    June 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Both the beef and the mashed sound wonderful…we love those types of foods any time of year!

  6. Faith
    June 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    This is such a fantastic meal…send some of that June gloom this way because I'd love to make it and I don't think I can wait until fall! 🙂

  7. PapaCheong's 拿手好菜
    June 26, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I just want to grab a fork and dig in.


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