This post was inspired by the leftover wine I had sitting around from Christmas.
No such thing.
But if there is such a thing in your home, this recipe will make excellent use of it.
It’s also an adaptation from my blog hero Deb Perlman via Smitten Kitchen. I’ve been making and swooning over it for years, but haven’t shared it before because, well, it’s a lot of work.
I’ve adapted the method and have done my best to streamline this crazy delicious meal for you without sacrificing on flava flave. Start to finish you’re looking at about 45 minutes. Perhaps not a quickie weeknighter, but definitely do-able if you have a little extra time to spend.
Those up there are pearl onions and they are flippin delish. Though I’ve seen food TV chefs cook with pre-peeled frozen packages of them, I have never found them frozen myself, so I take the extra step to peel them, which I admit is a pain in the A.
You can absolutely leave them out if need be though. I have in the past and it really is still excellent.
I’ve also adapted this dish to make it truly vegetarian (vegan, actually). Use a good quality vegetable broth instead of beef and use a little cornstarch and water for thickening rather than the butter and flour.
It’s a really great and satisfying vegetarian main. Perfect for a dinner party and dynamite served over my creamy baked polenta. I promise, it tastes as luxurious as it looks.
Freeze whatever you don’t eat, too.
Imagine coming home on a blistery winter’s night after a long day of work and having to simply pop a bowl of this in the microwave for dinner?
Heaven I tells you.
Lightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2lb cremini mushrooms (sliced)
- 1 Medium carrot (diced)
- 1 Small onion (diced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 tsp dried)
- 1 cup red wine
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 2 cups low sodium beef broth
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 cups pearl onions (peeled)
- 1 tablespoon butter (softened)
- 1.5 tablespoons all purpose flour
- more salt and fresh ground pepper (to taste)
- parsley and sour cream/greek yogurt for garnish
The pearl onions are a delicious addition to this stew, but you can leave them out if you have a hard time finding them. To easily peel them, drop them in boiling water for 1 minute and drain. Slice off the very end of each side and slip the peel off.
||Heat canola oil in a large pot over high heat. Add mushrooms and sauté (they will squeak around in the pan) until they begin to release their juices. About 3-4 minutes. |
||Reduce heat to medium. Add carrot, onion, garlic, thyme, red wine, salt and pepper and simmer until vegetables are soft and liquid is reduced by half, about 8-10 minutes. Add beef broth, tomato paste and pearl onions and continue to simmer for another 5-7 minutes. |
||In a small bowl, mix together softened butter and flour until it forms a paste. Stir it into the mushrooms, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until thickened, 2-3 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper, as needed. |
||Remove from heat. Serve with smashed potatoes, egg noodles or your carb of choice to soak up all the wonderful gravy. Garnish with sour cream or greek yogurt and parsley, if desired. |