Beef or Veal Tips with Mushrooms; bird bath

I originally made this with beef when we lived in the US.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…..

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Beef or Veal Tips with Mushrooms

This is a retro restaurant ‘steak house’ dish and always a favorite. Serve with Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Beef


  • 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.


Substitute a red onion for the shallots

Keywords: beef tips, sirloin, veal, mushrooms

Veal Tips with Mushrooms

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…..

4 thoughts on “Beef or Veal Tips with Mushrooms; bird bath”

  1. How cool is that? I’ve never seen a bird do that in the rain. Our mourning doves here just sort of hunker down and wait it out. Actually, most of them do that. Except for the sparrows who don’t seem to be deterred by much of anything.

    This recipe looks delicious! Simple, easy…definitely going to be my next ‘must try’.

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