Beef Stew with Porcini

Insanely flavorful beef stew that begs to be eaten in front of a fire while wearing a giant sweater and fuzzy socks.



  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees
  2. Place porcinis in a bowl of lukewarm water to reconstitute for 30 minutes
  3. Sprinkle stew meat generously with salt and pepper and let sit for about 20 minutes
  4. While you wait, prep your veggies and cook your pork jowl
  5. Heat a little olive oil in large dutch oven over medium high heat
  6. Add the smoked pork jowl and cook until it has rendered most of its fat and the pieces are crispy. Remove the pork jowl, pour off most of the fat. Just leave enough to coat the bottom of your pot.
  7. Place flour in a gallon size zip lock bag along with the beef and shake until all the beef is coated in flour.
  8. Working in batches, brown your meat on all sides. Add a little olive oil if your pot gets too dry. Don't worry about the brown bits on the bottom. These are going to give your stew a crazy depth of flavor. If you are worried it will scorch, reduce the heat and add a little oil.
  9. Once all the meat is browned, remove and set aside.
  10. Add a splash of the wine and deglaze your pot, scraping up all those delightful browned bits.
  11. Add onion, celery and carrot and cook about 10 minutes until veggies start to get soft
  12. Add shallot and garlic cook 3 minutes more
  13. Add tomato paste and Worcestershire cook another 3 minutes
  14. Remove the reconstituted mushrooms from the bowl and set aside- add the reserved liquid to the pot
  15. Add the wine, beef broth, thyme, rosemary and bay leaf.
  16. Return browned beef to the pot
  17. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer
  18. Cover and place in 275 degree oven for 2 1/2 hours or until the beef is tender
  19. After 2 hours, add peas, onions and porcini mushrooms.
  20. Remove the thyme/rosemary bundle and the bay leaves.
  21. Adjust salt and pepper to taste
  22. Serve with toasty hot bread and Enjoy!