Earlier this year, my family went in on a whole grass-fed cow. Yes, a whole cow. As in, we bought one. Well, technically, we bought the meat of one. My two sisters’ families got a share, my parents got a share, and we got a share. So, in the end, we bought a quarter of a cow each.
It never really sunk in for me just how much 25% of a half ton animal is. Especially because my parents volunteered to store the vast majority of our share until we moved. It wasn’t until last week, when my parents moved out (and took their 1/4 of a cow with them) that I realized I had an insane amount of cow to eat. As in, our chest freezer is full. So is the freezer on top of our fridge.
So, needless to say, we’ve been eating a lot of beef lately. A lot of it. And we’ve been particularly loving grilled steaks. They are so easy and come together so quickly! And the quality of our 1/4 cow is so remarkable (seriously, if you ever have a chance to get a share of a local, grass-fed cow, I highly recommend it) that it makes a simple grilled steak an amazing experience.
There are a lot of side-dishes that go well with steak, but there is something so iconic about steak and mushrooms. And steak isn’t a steak without a nice glass of red wine. So I figured, why not combine ’em all?
These mushrooms take a while to cook, but the hours they spend simmering in the combo of beef broth and red wine makes them sweet, carmelized and so rich with flavor that it’s totally worth the time. Oh, and want your house to smell incredible? Stick a dutch oven with mushrooms, onion, garlic and red wine simmering on your stove for the afternoon. Ah-maze-ing.
I also love the color of these mushrooms. They turn so deep, dark and purple, which I think is such a fun hue for a veggie side dish. I served them on a plate with sliced steak and mashed cauliflower, but I think they’d look beautiful next to a pile of bright steamed green beans. I love beautiful plates!
With delicious meals like this, we might get through all that beef quicker than I thought. But even so, I’ll take any of your favorite beef recipes. Help a girl out, pretty please?