Beef Stewed In Red Wine With Pearl Onions & Mushrooms

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 30m
Ready In

"This is from Everybody Eats Well in Belgium Cookbook by Ruth Van Waerebeek 1996. A true German dish that is a little time consuming but OH so worth the effort."

Original recipe yields 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (562.5 g)
  • Calories 866
  • Total Fat - 62.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 24 g
  • Cholesterol - 245 mg
  • Sodium - 531.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 11.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.8 g
  • Sugars - 3.3 g
  • Protein - 54.4 g
  • Calcium - 67.5 mg
  • Iron - 5.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

In a large enameled Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the bacon and saute over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the sliced onion and cook, stirring, until wilted, 3 minutes. Finally, add the garlic, cook 1 minute longer, and remove from the heat.

Step 2

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over high heat until the foam subside. Add half the meat and saute until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer the browned meat to the Dutch oven and saute the second batch.

Step 3

In the same skillet, saute the pearl onions and mushrooms until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Step 4

Sprinkle the flour over the meat in the Dutch oven and season with salt and pepper. Stir the meat and flour with a wooden spoon over low heat for 1 minute. Add the wine, Cognac, and bouquet garni. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Do not boil; even the briefest boiling would result in leathery and tough meat. Simmer the stew, covered, over very low heat until the meat is very tender, 2 hours; skim the fat and foam from the surface occasionally.

Step 5

Add the mushrooms and pearl onions and simmer for another 30 minutes. The meat and vegetables should be very tender. Remove the bouquet garni. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Love meals with wine and this was absolutely delish! I served with peas and hot buttered garlic noodles. Super duper tasty!

review by:
(7 Nov 2019)