Sunday, May 26, 2013

Where's the Beef?!

Good morning bloggers, and fellow readers! Today, I wanted to do an entry specifically for a dear friend of mine. We like to go back and forth about the choice of meat in the entries. She's such a funny gal. Literally, every time I share an entry, she always asks, "Where's the beef?!" Ahhh. Don't you just love best friends?

So, today, we will be making beef and wild mushroom stew. Now, normally, I really, really, really loathe mushrooms, but this is one of those meals where I would happily pick around them. So, grab those deep pots, and I'll meet you in the kitchen!

Beef and Wild Mushroom Stew
Serves 4

You will need:

  • 1 (14-ounce) lean rump roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 7 ounces baby onions
  • 2 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 6 ounces mixed wild mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1.5 cups beef stock
  • 3 rosemary sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt 
  • freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the cubed the beef in a large bowl and dust with flour.
  3. Heat the oil in a large oven-safe pot or Dutch oven and gently fry the beef for 2 to 3 minutes, until browned all over. 
  4. Work in batches, if necessary. 
  5. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  6. Add the onions and pancetta to the pot and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  7. Add the mushrooms, garlic, and carrot and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. 
  8. Pour in the wine and bring to a boil.
  9. Return the beef to the pot, stir in the tomato paste, and gently mix together well. 
  10. Pour in the stock a little at a time, stirring as you do so, to create a sauce. 
  11. Bring to a boil.
  12. Toss in the rosemary and the bay leaf on top of the stew, cover the pot, and transfer to the middle of the oven to let bake for 25 minutes. Remove the lid for the last 5 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken slightly.
  13. Before serving, season with salt and pepper and allow the stew to rest out of the oven for 10 minutes.
  14. Enjoy!

I'll be back tomorrow with another wonderful recipe. Have a great day, and happy Memorial Day weekend, and I'll catch you all on the flip side. Happy blogging to all!