Mushroom Bourguignon

This is a recipe from the New York Times. It is comforting and delicious! The recipe suggests placing the mushroom bourguignon on polenta, noodles, or mashed potatoes, but we put it on hashbrowns and it was yummy! Tips: ensure you make or buy quality stock, as this can make or break the final flavor and ensure you let the mushrooms really brown, as the caramelization adds a lot of depth to the sauce. We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!
Course Main Course
Keyword Mushrooms
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Melissa Clark


  • 6 tbsp butter or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 10 cups mixed mushrooms, such as portobello, crimini, white button, shiitake, or oyster, cut into 1" chunks
  • 2 cups peeled pearl onions, larger ones cut in half
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large leek, white and light green parts diced
  • 2 carrots thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, two minced, 1 grated to a paste
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups dry red wine
  • 1 1/2 cups beef, mushroom, or vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 3 large fresh thyme branches, or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup chanterelle or oyster mushrooms
  • Smoked paprika, for serving
  • Polenta, egg noodles, or mashed potatoes for serving
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley, for serving


  • Add 2 tbsp butter or oil to a large Dutch oven or pot and set it over medium heat. When the fat is hot, stir in half the mushrooms and half the pearl onions. (If it doesn't all fit in the pot in one layer, you might have to do this in three batches, rather than two.) Without moving them around too much, cook the mushrooms until they are brown on one side, about 3 minutes. Stir and let them brown on the other side, 2 to 3 minutes more. Use slotted spoon to transfer mushrooms and onions to a large bowl or plate and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Repeat with another 2 tablespoons butter and the remaining mushrooms and pealr onions, seasoning them as you go.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Add another 1 tablespoon butter or oil to pan. Add leeks and carrot and sauté until the leeks turn lightly golden and start to soften, 5 minutes. Add the 2 minced garlic cloves and sauté for 1 minute longer. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Stir in flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute, then add wine, broth, 1 tablespoon tamai, thyme, and bay leaf, scraping up the brown bits at the bottom of pot.
  • Add reserved mushrooms and pearl onions back to the pot and bring to a simmer. Partly cover the pot and simmer on low heat until carrots and onions are tender and sauce is thick, 30 to 40 minutes. Taste and add more salt and tamari if needed. Stir in the grated garlic clove.
  • Just before serving, heat a small skillet over high heat and add 1/2 tablespoon butter or oil. Add half of the sliced chanterelles or oyster mushrooms and let cook without moving until they are crisp and brown on one side, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with salt and smoked paprika. Repeat with remaining butter and mushrooms. Serve mushroom Bouguignon over polenta, noodles, or mashed potatoes, topped with fried mushrooms and parsley.

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