One of my all-time favourite dinners is beef bourguignon. The only time I would eat it was at my grandparents house when our family would make the 1,000 mile trip from Atlanta to Toronto to visit them. So, it has a special place in my
tummy heart. I always asked for seconds (when would I get the change to eat it again!?) But I paid for it later (read: tummy ache and weight gain).
A while back, Smitten Kitchen posted a quicker, lighter, and vegetarian version (this one’s for you, Lyn Labenski) - and you must try it. You must. It’s totally restaurant worthy - and is so easy despite the number of ingredients. Oh, do yourself a favour and read this tip for an easy way to peel pearl onions, otherwise, tears will be gushing out of your eyes after the fourth onion.
Recipe from Smitten Kitchen
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 pounds portobello mushrooms, in 1/4-inch slices and 1 cup of cremini mushrooms
- 1/2 carrot, finely diced
- 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup + a generous splash of full-bodied red wine
- 2 cups beef or vegetable broth (beef broth is traditional but vegetable to make it vegetarian; it works with either)
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup pearl onions, peeled (thawed if frozen)
- Egg noodles, for serving
- Sour cream and chopped chives or parsley, for garnish (optional)
- Heat the one tablespoon of the olive oil and one tablespoon of butter in a medium Dutch oven or heavy sauce pan over high heat. Sear the mushrooms until they begin to darken, but not yet release any liquid — about three or four minutes. Remove them from pan.
- Lower the flame to medium and add the second tablespoon of olive oil. Toss the carrots, onions, thyme, a few good pinches of salt and a several grinds of black pepper into the pan and cook for 10, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for just one more minute.
- Add the wine to the pot, scraping any stuck bits off the bottom, then turn the heat all the way up and reduce it by half. Stir in the tomato paste and the broth. Add back the mushrooms with any juices that have collected and once the liquid has boiled, reduce the temperature so it simmers for 20 minutes, or until mushrooms are very tender. Add the pearl onions and simmer for five minutes more.
- Combine remaining butter and the flour with a fork until combined; stir it into the stew. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 more minutes. If the sauce is too thin, boil it down to reduce to the right consistency. Season to taste.
- To serve, spoon the stew over a bowl of egg noodles, dollop with sour cream (optional – I didn’t feel it necessary to use) and sprinkle with chives or parsley.
- Not Exactly Julia’s Beef Bourguignon (gourmetdietrecipes.com)
- Meat-Free Monday Recipe: Vegan Bourguignon Over Mashed Potatoes (opinionessoftheworld.com)
- Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon (courtneymdillon.wordpress.com)