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Mainly Mushroom Beef Carbonnade

This is the ultimate comfort food, an earth-and-turf combo that smells delicious while cooking and tastes like home. The mushrooms taste so meaty, you can decrease the amount of beef and add more portabellos if you like. —Susan Asanovic, Wilton, Connecticut
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 2 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 1-1/4 pounds portobello mushrooms, stems removed, cut into 3/4-inch dice
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 pound fresh baby carrots
  • 1 thick slice day-old rye bread, crumbled (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) light beer or beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, grated


  • Preheat oven to 325°. In an ovenproof Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper; brown in batches. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add onions to drippings; cook, stirring frequently, until dark golden brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in remaining oil; add mushrooms and garlic. Saute until mushrooms begin to brown and release their liquid. Stir in tomato paste.
  • Add carrots, bread, bay leaves, thyme and bouillon. Add beer and water, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; return beef to pan.
  • Bake, covered, until meat is tender, 2 to 2-1/4 hours. Remove from oven; discard bay leaves. Stir in chocolate until melted.

Test Kitchen tips
  • A light-bodied beer can be replaced with dark beer or red wine.
  • Serve on top of mashed potatoes, egg noodles or seasoned rice.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 333 calories, 16g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 547mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 26g protein.

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    • jocamprn
      Feb 20, 2020

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    • Marie
      Oct 4, 2019

      I accidentally forgot to put the chocolate in, but it still turned out great. It looked beautiful when I removed it from the oven, and I served it over mashed potatoes. It tasted wonderful! For the bottle of beer, I used Guinness.