Friday, February 8, 2008

Boeuf au Champignon (Beef with Mushrooms)

Pronounced Shamp-Pin-Neon. This satisfying dish helps take the bite out of a winter night. It is also great re-heated as or taken in a thermos for a hot work day lunch.


  • 1.5 lbs of lean beef cubed
  • 12 oz of mushrooms (cremini or white)
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 2.5 cups of red wine
  • 1.5 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp of dried oregano
  • black pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • 6 oz of skim milk
  • 1 tbsp of flour
  • 1 cup of low fat sour cream (optional)


  1. Pat dry the beef.
  2. Coat bottom of a saute pan with oil olive and heat on medium.
  3. Add beef when oil is hot, just shimmery. Brown all sides, about 3 minutes per side.
  4. Remove from pan and set aside.
  5. Add a little more oil and saute mushrooms until lightly brown, about 6 minutes.
  6. Add the onion and saute until wilted.
  7. Stir in browned beef with any juices that have formed.
  8. Add garlic, paprika and salt. Cook until garlic is fragrant.
  9. Add the wine and turn up the heat until the wine begins to simmer hard.
  10. Continue to stir the contents periodically and let it all gently simmer for about 5 minutes.
  11. Turn the heat down and simmer gently until the meat is tender, 2 hours or so. Cooking time will depend on beef used.
  12. While the beef is simmering, using a 1 cup mason jar, pour milk and add flour. Cover and shake vigorously until the flour has incorporated into the milk.
  13. Turn the heat up and slowly pour the liquid into the pan. Continuing stirring until the liquid has fully incorporated into the dish.
  14. Continue to cook at the higher temperature for about 5 minutes. Do not let the contents boil, a light simmer.
  15. When the sauce has thickened, the sour cream can be incorporated which will added richness to the sauce.
  16. Taste and add more salt if need. Added freshly ground pepper to taste.
Can be served over wide noodles or with rice and green salad.

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