French Cuisine: Rustic Beef with Onions and Mushrooms

French cuisine is known for bold flavors, time-consuming preparation, and incredible dining experiences. There is nothing like eating in a small cafe outside Paris, or indulging in "haute cuisine" in one of the city's most prestigious restaurants. But most home...

French cuisine is known for bold flavors, time-consuming preparation, and incredible dining experiences. There is nothing like eating in a small cafe outside Paris, or indulging in "haute cuisine" in one of the city's most prestigious restaurants. But most home cooks don't have the time to devote hours of prep time in the kitchen. This recipe is an adaptation of Beef Bourguignon that delivers on the bold flavors of the original dish, which much less prep time.

The meat can even be browned and then added to a slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients for a fix-it-and-forget-it option.  The true french version would be made with a bottle of Burgundy, but you can substitute in a Pinot Noir instead.

Rustic Beef with Onions and Mushrooms

Rustic Beef Stew
Rustic Beef Stew

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds of beef stew meat, cubed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cracked pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly
  • 2 onions roughly chopped
  • 8-10 crimini mushrooms, quartered
  • 4-6 roma tomatoes, chopped or 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups good burgundy or pinot noir wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary

Directions:

  1. If using the oven instead of a crockpot, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a zip lock bag.  
  3. Add the cubed beef, seal and toss to coat.  
  4. In a hot frying pan, melt the butter and add the olive oil.  
  5. When very hot, removed the cubed meat from the bag, and add to the pan very carefully, being careful not to splatter yourself with the hot oil.  
  6. Brown the meat on all sides, and add to a large casserole dish or slow cooker, being careful to keep as many of the juices and pan drippings as possible.
  7. Add in the rest of the ingredients including the rosemary, stirring once to combine.
  8. Cover the pot and either put it in the oven for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, or set the crock pot on the low setting for approximately 4 hours.  
  9. Remove the bay leaf and sprigs of rosemary before serving.
  10.  Salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Serve with a thick wedge of baguette and mashed potatoes.

Enjoy! This warm and comforting beef stew is especially easy to prepare in a slow cooker, so you'll come home to a worry-free dinner and a great smell in your house!

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