I originally made this with beef when we lived in the US.
Since we’ve lived on this side of the pond, after a few failed attempts, I started using veal.
Now that I’ve found a great butcher I might try beef again….
If you do use beef, use a better cut as this is not meant to be braised for a long time…. But nothing too good as it will be well done.
Of course, if you have a really nice, tender cut, skip the braising and keep it medium-rare. Simmer the sauce until the shallots are tender, then finish it and add to the beef to reheat.
So many choices…..
Beef or Veal Tips with Mushrooms
Total time: 45 minutes
- 14oz (420gr) beef sirloin or veal, cut into 1″ (2.5cm) cubes
- 4oz (120gr) mushrooms, trimmed, thickly sliced
- 4 medium shallots, sliced lengthwise
- 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) dry sherry
- 1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) beef broth
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tbs water
- Heat oil in a medium skillet. Add beef / veal and brown quickly on all sides.
- Remove and set aside.
- Add shallots and mushrooms to skillet, sauté until starting to brown, 5 – 7 minutes.
- Add broth, sherry, Worcestershire, browned beef, cover and simmer, 30 minutes.
- To finish:
- Dissolve cornstarch in water.
- Uncover skillet, increase heat, add cornstarch, stirring until thickened. Serve.
I saw something strange the other day…. or, at least, strange to me.
We’ve been having typical March weather: sunny one minute, driving wind and rain the next.
Mon mari built a bird feeder last fall and I have it on the railing on the balcony.
I can see it from my desk and the birds have been happily eating there all winter.
We have little finches and t*ts sharing the food with big doves.
They all seem to get along.
Anyway…. The other day there were a couple of doves at the feeder when suddenly, the skies opened up and the rains came pouring down.
I saw this:
The doves didn’t fly off, which is what I expected. They fully opened their wings so the tips met over their backs and just sat there.
It almost looked like they were enjoying a fresh, spring shower.
When the rain stopped (it rarely lasts long) they lowered their wings and went back to the feeder.
I love nature…..