LaPiS: Noche Buena

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Stracoto with Porcini Mushrooms
Christmas Dinner was untradtional for us. It was just my mom and me and she prepared a dish called Stracoto with Porcini Mushrooms, a recipe from Giada de Laurentiis. It was uber delish!

1 (4-pound) boneless beef chuck roast
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, sliced
6 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1 cup dry red wine
1 3/4 cups canned beef broth
1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
1 large sprig fresh rosemary, plus extra for garnish

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Pat the beef dry with paper towels. Sprinkle the beef generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy 6-quart roasting pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the beef and cook until brown on all sides, about 15 minutes. Transfer the beef to bowl.
  5. Add remaining tablespoon olive oil to the pan, add the onions and saute until tender, scraping up the brown bits at the bottom of the pot, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic and saute 1 minute.
  7. Add the wine and boil for 1 minute. Stir in the broth and mushrooms.
  8. Return the beef to the pan. Bring the liquids to a boil. Cover and transfer to the oven.
  9. Braise until the beef is fork-tender, turning the beef over halfway through cooking, about 3 hours.
  10. Transfer the beef to a cutting board. Tent the beef with foil and let stand 15 minutes.
  11. Meanwhile, spoon any excess fat off the top of the pan juices. Transfer the pan juices and vegetables to a blender and puree until smooth.
  12. Combine the sauce and rosemary sprig in high heavy medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Season the sauce to taste, with salt and pepper.
  13. Cut the beef across the grain into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange the sliced beef on a platter and garnish with rosemary.
  14. Spoon the sauce over and serve, passing the remaining sauce in a sauce boat.
Serves 6-8
I give it five stars.

Stracoto with Porcini Mushrooms

8 deranged screams:

Jay - agent112778 December 27, 2008 at 11:26 PM  

love the 2nd pix...:)

we too dont have notche buena because we dont want to sleep on heavy and full stomach thus we eat it on Christmas lunch :)

Here is Mine

magandang araw ka-lasa-ista :)
Salamat sa pagbisita :)

♥peachkins♥ December 28, 2008 at 12:30 AM  

Yours sounds sosyal,huh? and it looks yummy too!

Thanks for visiting!

Em Dy December 28, 2008 at 7:21 AM  

Both photos look good and make me hungry.

julie December 28, 2008 at 8:58 AM  

Hmmm...that seems like a wonderful dish.

Thanks for sharing the recipe Z!

Mrs L, wow, you are a kitchen whiz!

To you lovely ladies, have a bountiful 2009! :)

luna miranda December 28, 2008 at 9:27 AM  

hmmmnn, nice presentation! looks yummy, too!

ces December 28, 2008 at 2:20 PM  

untraditional as it may seem for us Pinoys, but i'm sure it's well spent especially topped with a delicious and saucy noche buena! Happy New Year!!!

simply divina December 28, 2008 at 8:38 PM  

This is a nice shot for food, I love it. Anyway,thanks for visiting my blog. Merry Christmas,though it's late to greet now, and have a blessed New year. God bless!

Z'riz December 30, 2008 at 12:14 PM  

thanks for dropping by guys! :)