Bistro Braised Beef With Shiitake and Pearl Onions

Recipe by Annacia
READY IN: 2hrs 6mins




  • Clean shiitake and remove stems, if using other mushrooms simply clean.
  • Leave whole or if mushrooms are large, thickly slice.
  • In a large wide saucepan or Dutch oven, melt butter and 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil over medium-high.
  • Add mushrooms and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and turn into a bowl.
  • In a large bowl, stir flour with salt.
  • Add beef and lightly coat in flour.
  • In the pan that mushrooms were cooked in, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Cook half the meat until browned all over, then remove to a bowl.
  • Repeat with remaining meat adding a little more oil.
  • Stir in coffee, water, garlic, vinegar, brown sugar,Worcestershire, herbs and meat in bowl to the saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to medium-low, mixture should be gently simmering.
  • Stir occasionally for 1 1/2 hours, meat should nearly be tender.
  • Stir in carrots and onions.
  • Continue to cook, simmering gently and stirring occasionally until meat is very tender, about 30 minutes.
  • If you would like sauce a little thicker, uncover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Stir in mushrooms.
  • Add pepper to taste.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes or egg noodles, sprinkled with parsley or fresh thyme.
  • Drop unpeeled onions in boiling water for a minute or so.
  • Plunge into cold water.
  • Cut base of onions and squeeze.
  • Onions will pop out of skin.