Thursday, October 17, 2013

mushroom bourguignon


Here's another cozy meal for chilly fall nights, and this one's a keeper. One of my all-time favorite meals is this delicious beef bourguignon, and it's definitely hard to beat when it comes to comfort food. However, with all that time the meat needs to braise to get tender and yummy, it's not realistic for a weeknight. Which is what makes this so great- it's just as flavorful and wonderful, but so much easier for a weeknight.

Enjoy, my dears!

Mushroom Bourguignon (just barely tweaked from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook)
serves 4-6

you'll need:
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons butter, softened and divided
2 lbs. cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 cup pearl onions, thawed if frozen
1/2 carrot, grated
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup red wine
2 cups beef broth (or vegetable broth to make this a vegetarian meal)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
pasta of your choice, for serving
sour cream, for serving

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter over high heat in a Dutch oven or large, heavy pot. Sear the mushrooms and pearl onions for 3-4 minutes (mushrooms should get some color on them, but not release any liquid yet). Remove from the pan.

Lower heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add onions, carrots, and thyme to the pot with some salt and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.

Add the wine to the pot, scraping the bottom to release any bits. Turn the heat to high and reduce the wine by half. Stir in the tomato paste and broth. Add back mushrooms and pearl onions, along with any juices they've collected. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Combine remaining butter and the flour with a fork; stir it into the stew. Simmer for 10 more minutes, or until sauce thickens to desired consistency.

To serve, spoon the stew over pasta of your choice. Add a dollop of sour cream and garnish with thyme leaves.

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26 comments:

  1. Oh boy - you had me at bourguignon! This sounds like a terrific weeknight option...and I'm totally checking out the beef one!

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  2. I love finding pasta recipes that don't have meat included.

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    1. This is definitely a great vegetarian option!

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  3. Mushrooms are so "meaty", I'd expect you don't really miss the meat. I love this Marie, it's a perfect weeknight treat.

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    1. You're exactly right about the mushrooms, Jen. Thanks!!

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  4. I need this doused on a heaping bowl of pappardelle. YUM Marie!!!

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  5. This has been on my to-make list for awhile now! Thanks for sharing-it looks fabulous!

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! Definitely give it a try! :)

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  6. Love, love, love mushrooms and this dish. I can't believe I wasted my entire childhood thinking they were icky. A huge mistake that was! Looks so delicious Marie!

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    1. Glad you came around to them! :) Thanks, Maria!!

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  7. How on earth did I miss this in the SK cookbook? I love the idea of this because I love beef bourguignon but it takes forever to braise the beef. Must try this soon!

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    1. It took me way too long to try this, too! Definitely a winner though!

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  8. This sounds soooooo good! Way to make a vegetarian meal that I would actually eat! LOL! I love mushrooms and this sounds so satisfying!

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  9. Great looking dish, I've never had bourguignon but I think that needs to change soon!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Marie.

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    1. Thanks Dan! I bet you would love this!!

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  10. This looks absolutely amazing!!! My daughter Katie and I are the only ones in the family that like mushrooms. I say like, but I really mean LOVE. I mean, obsessed. I can't wait to show her this recipe... No, let me rephrase... I can't wait to try this recipe for the two of us! She is going to love this... :-) I hope you have a lovely day... thank you for sharing!

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    1. I'm the same way as you and your daughter...I LOVE them! Hope you girls enjoy!! :)

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  11. I bet the flavors in this sauce taste amazing. Plus, it's a good vegetarian dinner option! I'll have to try it sometime when my hubby won't be home for dinner since he always needs meat included with every meal haha

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    1. Haha, Miles is the same way usually, but he loved this! Let me know if you give it a try! Have a great weekend, Ashley!!

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  12. Definitely just pinned this :) By the way, I LOVE your blog theme/layout. Did you have someone do it for you?

    Cheryl
    The Stylist Quo

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    1. Thanks so much! Emailing you right now :)

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