Beef and Mushrooms - Gourmet Meal on a Budget

Want to know how to treat yourself to a fine dining restaurant quality meal at a fraction of the cost? Our recipe for "Beef and Mushrooms - Gourmet Meal on a Budget" is the answer! Move over super high-priced Fillet Mignon, Porterhouse and Bone-In Rib-Eye Steaks.  We are braising reasonably priced Beef Shanks and slow cooking them to tender perfection. And, all of this savory goodness is blended with fresh mushrooms and vegetables in a banging wine sauce. Our featured film "Fun with Dick and Jane" stars comic actor genius Jim Carrey as a married man who finds himself out of a job. He and his wife (Tea Leoni) have to seriously down-size their way of life. They are living on a super tight budget, that is, until they come up with a crazy over the top answer to their money problems. Jim Carrey and our Beef and Mushrooms recipe, who knew living on a budget could be so much fun!

2 beef shanks (about 1-1/2 lbs)
Dashes salt and freshly grounded black pepper
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup red wine
1 cup chicken stock
2 bay leaves
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/3 red onion, chopped
Dash salt
6 baby mushrooms (cleaned and sliced)
2 tomatoes, skin removed and cut into cubes
1 teaspoon Chili Garlic Sauce
 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/3 cup water mixed with 2 teaspoons of flour for thickening

8 oz of fettuccine (cooked according to package directions) after draining, add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and dashes of salt. Mix well

Optional - Top finished dish with pinches of fresh cilantro

Add salt and black pepper to beef shanks. Place large sauce pan over high heat. Add olive oil. Brown both sides of beef. Add red wine, chicken stock, bay leaves, celery, garlic, red onions, and dash of salt. Bring to a boil, cover and lower heat to a simmer. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn heat back up to high and add mushrooms, tomatoes, Chili Garlic Sauce, red wine vinegar, and water and flour mixture. After boil, cover and lower heat to a simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve Beef and Mushrooms over fettuccine and (optional) pinches of fresh cilantro.

Serves 4


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