Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Recipe: Braised beef (oyster blade) stew with mushrooms

Given the choice, I would cook beef stew on the hob rather than in the oven as it saves time and there are less things to clean up after. For this beef stew, I used my favorite braising cut, the Black Angus oyster blade cut which is a very affordable as well as being rich in flavour - it is not suited for steaks but slow cooking will make it melt-in-the-mouth, especially the gelatinous connective tissue that runs through it. 

Braised oyster blade beef stew with mushrooms

I also chose to add Shiitake mushrooms which has a lovely meaty texture and it also soaks up the lovely braising liquid. The preparation for this dish is very easy - all you need to do is brown the meat first, then add in the rest of the ingredients and braise over a low heat until the meat is fork-tender.

We chose to serve the braised beef stew with some boiled rice (you'll find yourself going for more rice to soak up the lovely sauce), but you can also serve it with crusty bread or mashed potatoes.  An absolutely comforting, hearty stew.

Braised oyster blade beef stew with mushrooms
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours
Serves 4

800g braising beef (I used oyster blade), cut into large chunks
2 onions, cut into thick slices
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup beef stock
1 cup water
3 tbsp tomato paste/puree
1/2 tsp black peppercorns
2 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
6 shitake mushrooms, sliced thinly
5g cep/porcini mushrooms, rehydrated
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 dried bay leaves
2 carrots, cut into chunks
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
Rosemary sprigs, to garnish

1. In a large pot or casserole, heat the oil over high heat. When the oil is smoking hot, add the beef to quickly sear, until the meat is browned.

2. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaf, stock, water, tomato puree, shitake mushrooms, porcini mushrooms, dried thyme, black peppercorns and Worchestershire sauce and mix well. Season with salt.

3. Bring to the boil and once boiling, cover with lid, and cook for approximately 1 1/2 - 2 hours over low heat until meat is fork-tender. Add the carrots 30 minutes before the end of cooking time. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired, and then serve with rice or mash potatoes or chunky bread. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

*I am submitting this to this month's Little Thumb's Up "mushroom" event hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours.

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  1. Mmm yumz ...goes well with a bowl of steaming rice

  2. Oh yum! Yes, this would be great with crusty bread and mashed potatoes! I do not eat beef, but my hubby does!
    Thank you for sharing this lovely stew with LTU!

  3. pen and paper to write down your delicious recipe.

  4. Yen, everything look great in this dish!!!! Super hurry now, more rice for me please ! :)

  5. You never knew how much I love braised beef, as this is my comfort food. More so when I am here freezing cold.

  6. Hmm.. your beef stew looks delicious! I can almost taste it from across the screen.

  7. Yummy! Love the gravy...
    I'm sure it works well using prok ribs too hor...

  8. bila nak masak untuk saya ni? Sedap betul la awak masak! :P

  9. Yummy! I love beef stew with lots of mushrooms.

  10. Such a yum looking dish..wish I ate beef, can probably substitute with chicken!!

  11. Hi, Yen, just come here to "look look" only as I don't eat beef, hehe!

  12. Yen , I haven't had a good beef stew for quiet sometime *sigh* Okay , I'll drop by tomorrow to try that scrumptiousness ;D

  13. Hi Baby Sumo, your this dish look excellent, very inviting. I need extra rice please! LOL

    Have a nice week ahead.

  14. Hi Yen! This is a lovely and hearty ond-dish meal!

  15. Yen,
    I love beef stew. I agreed cooking on the hob save so much time.
    Your beef stew look so flavorful and again agreed it is so good to go with crusty bread and mashed potatoes or even steamed rice (asian..lol)
    Thanks so much for sharing this to LTU :)

  16. Oh wow! This beef stew is making me drool! YUMMY! ;)

  17. Hi Yen,

    I notice that your family like eating stews as I have seen cooking different versions of them.

    This will be perfect for our current wintery weather :D


  18. looks really good. will try this soon.


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