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asleep at mal 9/09
11/11/09 19:19
asleep at mal 9/09

2 lbs stew meat, cut in chunks
2 tbsp pesto
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove fresh chopped garlic
2 tbsp worchestershire sauce (optional, may contain anchovies, soy and/or hfcs depending on brand)
salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
1 lb fresh mushrooms (sliced)
1 cup red wine (merlot, burgandy, cabernet - cheap is ok, but i recommend real red wine as i've found "cooking" wine too bitter)

in a large skillet with a tightly fitting lid, heat olive oil, pesto, garlic, salt, pepper & worchestershire sauce, add beef cubes and sautee on med-low until browned, then add in mushrooms and continue cooking on med-low until mushrooms begin to soften

add wine, cover tightly and simmer on low heat for at least an hour (or dump it into a crockpot and cook on low) - the alcohol will cook off, leaving you with a delicious gravy (the gravy is a bit thinner than typical american gravy, it's supposed to be but if you wish it less then it use your choice of thickeners)

serve over pasta or rice of any type

2 lbs ground beef (I use 10% or less fat)
2 eggs
8 oz fresh portabellas (diced)
8 oz goat cheese (broken up into crumbles)
2 tbsp pesto
2 tbsp montreal steak seasoning or similar spice blend

combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl, mix thoroughly by hand to evenly distribute mushrooms, spices and cheese, shape into ten patties, cook as desired (note: i make these up and then freeze them in packs of two for easy quick dinners)
11/12/09 13:03 (UTC)
Oh man, noiw I am seriously hungry. Attack of the desire for meat has occurred.

I'm definitely gonna make the at least the burgers, or maybe the burgundy too. Sounds scrumptious. Between you & ceosanna, I am not in want for new recipes. :)
11/12/09 22:09 (UTC)
and one of my favorite things about pretty much anything i post these days is that they're nearly carb free and low fat (the burgers are good w/ ground turkey too, but boi doesn't like the instant coma any turkey causes)

also, you can customize w/ your choice of ingredients for the burgers - b prefers when i replace mushroom & goat cheese w/ jalapeno & blue, j likes mushroom & sharp cheddar, etc; the point is to add enough other things to make 2 lbs of meat into 10 ~ 1/2 lb burgers; and they are so much better than store bought frozen patties for quick lazy dinners (i just toss them in the toaster over once they thaw, serve w/ a veg or salad, no bread)
11/12/09 21:41 (UTC)
Thank you for any and all ground beef recipes!
11/12/09 22:57 (UTC)
omfg I drooling!!! Thanks for posting this, I've been looking for something meat/steak-y to cook this weekend and I think you just gave it to me!
11/12/09 23:08 (UTC)
glad you like it

and if i remember correctly you hunt or have friends who do; i've made the beef burgandy with venison and it's turned out well (added first step, cube venison and soak in milk for 1/2 a day to minimize gaminess [discard milk afterward], also simmer longer - with good beef after an hour or so the meat pulls apart easily w/ a fork; venison takes more time to get there in my experience)
11/13/09 22:47 (UTC)
oooh, thanks. I'll have to add that to my recipe book!
11/13/09 5:34 (UTC)
OMG! These sound soooooo good!

I'm going to have to try them!