Mushroom Bourguignon

Posted by Alayne Gardner-Carimi on

Looking for a vegan dish worthy of Thanksgiving? This lush stew with its rich textures and umami Bourguignon-style sauce ticks all the boxes. For the best flavor, use as many kinds of mushrooms as you can get, and let them caramelize when searing. This adds a lot of depth to the sauce. Maitake mushrooms give this a brisket-like texture, in a very good way. 

Ingredients (4-6 servings)
4 Tbsp vomFASS Don Carlos Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more as needed

2 Tbsp vomFASS Porcini Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
2 pounds mixed mushrooms, such as portobello, cremini, maitake, white button, shiitake, or oyster, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 10 cups)
8 oz peeled pearl onions (2 cups), larger ones cut in half
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large leek (or 2 small leeks), white and light green parts, diced (1½ cups)
2 carrots, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves (2 minced, 1 grated to a paste)
1 Tbsp tomato paste
2½ Tbsp all-purpose flour
1½ cups Sand Point Pinot Noir (dry, red wine)
1½ cups mushroom or vegetable broth
1 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce, plus more to taste
3 large fresh thyme branches or ½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
3 to 4 oz chanterelle or oyster mushrooms, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
Smoked paprika, for serving
Mashed potatoes, polenta, for serving
Chopped flat-leaf parsley, for serving

Add 2 tablespoons Don Carlos Extra Virgin Olive Oil to a large Dutch oven or pot and set it over medium heat. 
When the oil is hot, stir in half the mushrooms and half the pearl onions. (If it doesn’t all fit in the pot in one layer, you might have to do this in three batches, rather than two.) 
Without moving them around too much, cook the mushrooms until they are brown on one side, about 3 minutes. 
Stir and let them brown on the other side, 2 to 3 minutes more. 
Use a slotted spoon to transfer mushrooms and onions to a large bowl or plate and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
Repeat with another 2 tablespoons oil and the remaining mushrooms and pearl onions, seasoning them as you go.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Add 2 tablespoon vomFASS Porcini Extra Virgin Olive Oil to pan. 
Add leeks and carrot and sauté until the leeks turn lightly golden and start to soften, about 5 minutes. 
Add the 2 minced garlic cloves and sauté for 1 minute longer. 
Stir in tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. 
Stir in flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute, then add wine, broth, 1 tablespoon tamari, thyme, and bay leaf, scraping up the brown bits at bottom of pot.
Add reserved cooked mushrooms and pearl onions back to the pot and bring to a simmer. 
Partly cover the pot and simmer on low heat until carrots and onions are tender, and sauce is thick, 30 to 40 minutes. 
Taste and add more salt and tamari if needed. Stir in the grated garlic clove.
Just before serving, heat a skillet over high heat and add ½ tablespoon Don Carlos Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Fry half of the sliced chanterelles or oyster mushrooms and let cook without moving until they are crisp and brown on one side, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side. 
Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with salt and smoked paprika. 
Repeat with remaining Don Carlos Extra Virgin Olive Oil and mushrooms. 
Serve Mushroom Bourguignon over mashed potatoes, polenta, or noodles. 
Top with fried mushrooms and parsley.

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