Recipe

Beef and porcini mushroom stew with parmesan mash

A rich and moreish beef and mushroom stew.

  • 2 hrs 10 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Mushrooms have a moreish savoury taste known as 'umami', and are a good source of vitamins B and D. Here they add a richness to the stew along with the beef, accompanied with the cheesy parmesan mash so that none of the delicious juices are wasted.
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Ingredients

Beef & porcini mushroom stew
  • 25g (¾ ounce) dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 cup (250ml) beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1.5 kilograms (3 pounds) gravy beef, cut into 5cm (2-inch) pieces
  • 1 large onion (200g), chopped coarsely
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 400 grams (12½ ounces) canned cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 250 grams (4 ounces) button mushrooms, halved
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Parmesan mash
  • 1 kilograms (2 pounds) floury potatoes (see tips), peeled, cut into large pieces
  • ¾ cup (180ml) pouring cream
  • 75 grams (2½ ounces) butter, chopped
  • 1 cup (80g) finely grated parmesan

Method

Beef & porcini mushroom stew
  • 1
    Place porcini mushrooms and stock in a small bowl; stand for 10 minutes. Drain, reserving stock. Finely chop mushrooms.
  • 2
    Heat oil in a large flameproof casserole dish or heavy-based saucepan over medium-high heat; cook beef, in batches, turning until browned all over. Remove from dish.
  • 3
    Cook onion and garlic in same dish, stirring, for 3 minutes or until softened. Return beef to dish; add paste, tomatoes, bay leaf, porcini mushrooms and reserved stock. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Add button mushrooms; cook, uncovered, for a further 1 hour or until meat is tender. Season to taste.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, make parmesan mash.
  • 5
    Serve stew with parmesan mash, sprinkled with parsley.
Parmesan mash
  • 6
    Boil potato in a saucepan of salted water for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain; leave for a few minutes to dry. Heat cream and butter in same pan over low-medium heat; add potato, mashing into milk mixture with a potato masher until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in parmesan until combined. Season to taste.

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