Stewed beef & mushrooms


Beef and mushrooms! I know, right? Such a delicious combination of deep umami flavours, and a real tummy pleaser on a winter's eve. There's a pound and a half of earthy white mushrooms in this dish, along with two pounds of stewing beef and two large handfuls of fresh spinach leaves. Mmm! That's a big bowl of iron-rich comfort right there.


Here's how I made it:

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground coriander
2 lbs stewing beef
splash canola oil
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 1/2 lbs white mushrooms, quartered
2 tsp dried tarragon
3 cups beef stock
2 large handfuls fresh spinach leaves

While the oil was heating over medium heat in a large soup pot, I combined the flour, garlic powder, and coriander in a plastic freezer bag. I added the beef to the bag in batches, shaking to coat each piece with the flour mixture. The beef was added to the pot and browned on all sides, then removed to a heat-proof bowl and set aside. 

The onions and mushrooms were added to the pot next, along with a 1/4 cup of the stock, and simmered for about 5 minutes. Then I stirred in the tarragon, returned the beef to the pot, and added the rest of the stock. I brought the liquid to a boil while scraping the tasty brown bits from the bottom of the pot with my wooden spoon. Then I reduced the heat to low and allowed it to simmer, covered, for 90 minutes. To finish, I removed the pot from the heat and stirred in the spinach.

We enjoyed our bowls of stewed beef and mushrooms with slices of homemade whole wheat bread. Dip dip! J'adore. Cold weather was made for meals like this. Or at least a big bowl of this makes cold weather worth bearing.


I love keeping stewing beef on hand in the freezer. It's inexpensive, versatile, and, after the magic of a slow simmer, always results in a delicious and tender beef dinner.

What's your favourite thing to make with stewing beef? What are your favourite cold weather family dinners? Got any cooking goals for 2012? Leave a comment and tell me all about your plans!

15 comments:

  1. What a comforting meal! This would be perfect for a day like today... it's -20 here in Ontario!

    Ohhh imagine this with fresh bread from the bread-maker! My mouth is watering!
    - Brittany

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  2. Dear Lord that looks DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!! Lover of mushrooms over here :)

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  3. Am making this right now....thanks!

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  4. This looks fantastic. Mushrooms are one of my most favourite foods (next to cheese) so I could eat this even without the beef. But I bet it's pretty good with it, too.

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  5. This looks absolutely fantastic! I am going to make this today and perhaps freeze some for a later date. Do you think it will freeze well with the mushrooms? Any and all input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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  6. Hi Pat - Yes, it should freeze fine since the mushrooms are already cooked. Uncooked mushrooms don't do so well in the freezer. Happy cooking!

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  7. Hi Amy, I love this site but I can't copy or print this recipe. I don't have a netbook so it means I have to keep running back and forth to the computer. Is there a problem printing all your recipes?

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  8. Oh my this is delicious. I am not use to the flavour of tarragon but it is quite nice. Next time I may use rosemary or thyme. The meat is lovely and tender and the mushrooms are divine. Thanks for a lovely recipe. A keeper to be sure.

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  9. So glad you like it, Pat! Rosemary and thyme would be delicious. Feel free to copy and paste any of my material into a Word doc to print for your own use in the kitchen :)

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  10. This looks delicious. Do you think this could be adapted for the slow cooker?

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    1. Sure it could. You might want to still brown the beef before adding it to your slow cooker, though, for the extra flavour, and don't stir in the spinach until the end. I'd say 7-8 on low would be good.

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    2. I'll give it a try thanks!

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  11. Made this for dinner today - went over very well with the whole family! So flavourful, and simmering the beef made it so tender. Thanks for this recipe!

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    1. Mmm, good old fashioned fall comfort food. I'm glad you liked it, and thanks for letting me know.

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  12. This particular appears wonderful. Mushrooms tend to be among my personal the majority of favorite meals (alongside parmesan cheese) and so i might consume this particular actually with no meat. However We wager it is very good by using it, as well.


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