Two Lives, One Lifestyle

2-for-1: Mushroom Bourguignon [& Kale Chips] by Katie
February 10, 2010, 11:11 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Kale chips, Katie, Mushrooms, Wine

Ever since the Julia and Julia release, I have had an urge to try my hand at a Julia Child’s recipe.  With neither the time nor the skill nor a well stocked kitchen, I haven’t quite made it there.   The other night, I was dreamily staring at the Chocolate Whiskey & Beer Cupcakes on Smitten Kitchen and clicked around a bit to find a mushroom bourguignon recipe.  Much simpler and quicker than the original Julia Child’s version with beef.  Even better, I love mushrooms of all kinds, but especially portobellos and criminis.

I halved the recipe found on Smitten Kitchen (by the way, truly amazing) and made a few small changes- including no thyme.

  • 1 TBSP olive oil, divided
  • 1 TBSP butter, divided
  • 1 pound mushrooms- 2 portobello caps and “a bunch” of cremini mushrooms
  • 1/3 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cups beef  broth
  • 1 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup pearl onions

I followed the directions exactly, including the cook times, and the end result was a beautifully thick sauce full of mushroom goodness.  Now for some food porn thanks to my new camera.

Don’t worry, I drank some of that wine too.  Not sure why you would be worried?  Sauteing vegetables.

Pearl onions

Steamy bowl.  I served it over about a half serving of whole wheat penne.

While the mushrooms simmered away, I decided I needed to make a green, too.  I bought kale for the first time this week and wanted to make kale chips (sooo food blog of me).  Ashley of edible perspective posted a recipe for salt and vinegar kale chips that caught my eye.

In order to “evenly disperse” the oil and vinegar, I used a pastry brush since I thought pouring it over the top would go poorly…. or should I say pourly?  They were extra crispy (I may have over done it) but very tasty, with a flavor reminiscent of cabbage.  I will be making this more often and experimenting with various toppings.

All in all, two succesful food experiemnts gone right! Now, I just need to learn how to say the word “bourguignon” instead of pronouncing it like “bore-gig-ni… or whatever.” 😉

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I hope you didn’t eat the stems! We did our first time when I made kale…wooops! 😉 The vinegar made mine a little extra charred as well..but in a good way. Glad you liked it!!

Comment by Ashley

I wasn’t sure, and tried to bite them but it was pretty much impossible so I skipped the stems! It was great!

Comment by Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle

boar gui (as in guillotine) ñon

Comment by Madelyn

I practiced it like 8 times and then said it to John and he was like oh, you mean: *said it in perfect French.* He sounded like his mom.

Comment by Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle

Salt and vinegar kale chips sound awesome! I love kale chips and I really like them to be a little extra charred 😀

Comment by christie @ honoring health

They were my first kale chips and so good! Not sure why I waited sooo long to try them.

Comment by Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle

[…] lunch today is leftover mushroom bourguignon, which I can now spell without checking but I still struggle with saying […]

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