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



Game Day Chicken Chimichangas - 3 Ways

Game Day Chicken Chimichangas - 3 Ways is the perfect food for football fans everywhere. It's a crowd pleaser that will have everyone cheering "touchdown!" This recipe will make up to 6, but will serve 12 when sliced. You may want to do multiple batches for your hungry crowd. Please enjoy our featured film "The Longest Yard" with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. Lots of laughs and some football!

Marinate Chicken:
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon Chipotle Pepper Rub
Rub chicken with Chipotle Pepper Rub in a mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 

Cook Chicken: 
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic, minced
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup water mixed with 1 Tablespoon flour
Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium high heat. Stir in chicken.  Add garlic, lime juice, hot sauce, and cilantro. Stir for 5 minutes. Turn up heat to high and stir in water and flour mixture. Cook 3 additional minutes. Set aside and let cool slightly.

Assemble Chicken Chimichangas: 

  • 6 flour tortillas

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Wrap tortillas together in foil.  Bake in the oven for 5 minutes.

To warmed tortilla, add:  
  • 1/2 cup cooked chicken
  • 1 Tablespoon green onion, chopped
  • Pinch of cilantro, chopped 
 Add the following additional ingredients for mild, spicy, or hot chimichangas:

  • 2 Tablespoons refried beans 
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons medium heat chunky salsa 
  • 1/4 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon refried beans 
  • 1/4 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon medium heat chunky salsa
  • 1 Tablespoon jalapeno peppers, chopped
Lift the bottom edge of the tortilla and roll it over the filling to secure it. Fold in both sides and continue rolling until you reach the opposite end. Secure with a toothpick to close. Repeat with remaining tortillas.  Set aside.

Fry Chicken Chimichangas:
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil for pan frying
In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium high heat.  Slowly place chimichangas in skillet and cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from oil, drain on paper towels.

Optional - Slice chicken chimicangas in half at an angle and serve with one or all of the following:
Warm refried beans, light sour cream, guacamole, chopped tomatoes, black olives, sliced jalapeno peppers, chopped lettuce, and pinches of fresh cilantro.



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