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Beef and Mushroom Stew

Beef and Mushroom Stew

It’s finally cool outside and not 80 degrees like it was on Thanksgiving.   The weekend’s highs didn’t even reach 65!!!  And, it’s actually suppose to rain starting tomorrow for four straight days!!!   At least that is what the forecasters predict, however  they are rarely accurate when it comes predicting anything but “72 degrees and mostly sunny.”  If it is anything but “72 degrees and mostly sunny,” no amount of technology, experience, degrees in meterology, or state of the art “doppler radar,” will facilitate in predicting Southern California weather.

We really appreciate the cool weather here and take advantage of it immediately.  I start cooking soups, stews and all those yummy dishes that take while to cook and keep the kitchen warm.  This dish actually doesn’t take that much time, but the result will fool everyone into thinking you slaved most of the day over the stove.  I adapted this recipe from Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman Cooks), but tweaked it a bit to our liking.   This came together so quickly, I could even pull it off after work.

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 shallots – minced
  • 3 garlic cloves – minced
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms – whole
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 2 sprigs fresh Thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour – water

Cut beef into 1 inch cubes.

Sprinkle meat with flour

Melt butter with olive oil in Dutch oven over high heat.

Sear meat in batches and remove to plate when brown.

Add shallots and garlic to pan and saute for 2 minutes over medium low heat.

Add mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes.

Pour in wine and beef broth and add salt and pepper.

Bring to boil and then add meat.  Reduce heat to low and add thyme.

Cover pot and simmer for 30-40 minutes.

Mix 2 tablespoons of flour with water and add to pot.

Cook for 2 minutes until thickened.

Cover and take pot off heat and allow to set for 15-20 minutes.

Serve with pasta.


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