Vegetarian Winter Stew
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 large portobello mushrooms, sliced
2 1/2 c button, brown or cremini mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup cooked brown lentils
1 cup red wine
1 tablespoon flour
2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup pearl onions, peeled
1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
1. In a large, heavy skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and saute them until they soften, about 3 minutes. Add the butter, garlic, thyme and mushrooms and cook the mixture until the mushrooms soften and begin to brown.
2. Add the lentils and cook for about 2 minutes, then add the wine. Continue to cook for 7-10 minutes, or until the wine has almost cooked off.
3. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to evenly blend it in. Add in the vegetable stock and tomato paste.
4. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring often, for about 10 minutes or until the sauce is thick and dark and the mushrooms are tender. You can adjust the thickness of the sauce by adding in stock to thin it.
5. While the mixture is simmering, drizzle a small skillet with olive oil and place it over medium-high heat. Add in the pearl onions and saute them until they are soft and begin to brown. Add them into the mushroom mixture, give everything a stir, and taste to adjust salt and pepper seasoning.
6. Serve the bourguignon hot over mashed potatoes or cauliflower..I usually combine one whole cauliflower head and one russet potato and mash them together with butter, garlic, and herbs. Serve with a dollop of sour cream on top. Enjoy!
from the kitchen of Carey Sanders