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I made the recipe exactly as written with the exception of the sour cream. Since DH doesn't like sour cream, I substituted creme fraiche. This recipe was very delicious...there was only one complaint - I didn't make enough. There were 6 of us, and only 6 servings. Next time, I'll double the recipe!

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Dreamgoddess March 07, 2003

lovely! my partner made this for us last night, followed the recipe to the letter as far as i know, and it was very excellent. Loving the different flavours that are added with the mushrooms and sour cream and also the cayenne. Thanks for sharing

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loveandpeas December 25, 2008

This is a great recipe, I'm so glad I tried it! It's not your typical beef stew - the sour cream and mushrooms really add something special and unique. We loved it! Next time we might use a little less thyme and a few more carrots and celery stalks, but aside from this personal preference the recipe needs no tweaking. We served ours in bread bowls and will likely be repeating it for 20 or so guests at our wedding ceremony! Thanks so much for a great recipe!

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queenofeats October 16, 2007

This is a wonderful recipe. I used Baby Bella mushrooms, yellow onion instead of pearl onions, fat-free sour cream and dried parsely. We loved it! I simmered for 2 hours longer than required due to schedules and added an extra 1 cup of water to keep the sauce from drying out too much. I will definitely make this one again. Thank you!

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LadyLove October 14, 2005

Awesome!! I used all of the ingredients except the sour cream (didn't think it need it...it was already great and didn't need to be creamed). The only things I did different are that I browned to meat in a separate pan since I didn't see how you could get a good sear / brown on them with all the other stuff in the pot, but this worked very well. Also, since you recommended serving with mashed potatoes, I said "hey, why not just make a shepherds pie?" So I put the finished stew in a casserole dish, topped with some freshly whipped mashed potatoes, dotted with some butter, and tossed under the broiler for about 5-10 mins until it got nice and browned. Awesome comfort food! A true keeper recipe. Thanks.

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Mole October 05, 2005

I chose this recipe because it did not have potatoes(don't like them in stew) and because I love mushrooms. Words can not describe how incredible this stew turned out. I went to the store to buy the bacon for this recipe and mistakenly bought maple flavored bacon. Then I was off to the local fruit and vegetable market to get the mushrooms and pearl onions.The "Button" mushrooms were slightly larger then usual as well as the "Pearl" onions. However, regardless of the minor size differences and maple flavored bacon, it turned out wonderful!I only used half the sour cream because I need some for a recipe tomorrow. I used light sour cream and it was perfect.I would like to try this with baby bella mushrooms and some leeks the next time and maybe paprika instead of cayenne. Don't get me wrong, this recipe is perfect as is, my only regret is that I had no one to share it with. This by far, has to be one of my Zaar favorites. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

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atm1970 October 01, 2005

Delicious!! I have made this recipe twice already...last night I did it with Quorn in place of beef and it still turned out lipsmacking good! I omitted the bacon and used mushroom stock in the vegetarian version. I opted to use an additional 1 cup red wine and 1/4 cup stock when my stock dried up a little too much (those Quorn fillets are real thirsty buggers!). The stock was a nice rich brown, and DH drank up every bit of it....(BTW,this is the only way we drink wine!). I also used 2 ml of cayenne, and 1½ cups of pearl onions (we were fighting over them). Thanks JanS for such a delicious recipe!

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Adelynn April 26, 2005

My husband loved it, the rest of us took a few bites and were done.

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TheFarlands November 27, 2006

This stew has a very rich and rustic feel/flavor to it. For some reason the meat was not as tender as I expected it to be, and I followed the recipe exactly, with the exception of the pearl onions.

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LorenLou November 09, 2005
Beef and Mushroom Stew