Sunday supper suggestion! ✨
With wintery cold nights settling in, what more could you want than a delicious belly warming stew to have on a Sunday evening. The PERFECT pre new week dinner, to make both your belly and your hearts warm. Recently i've been making a conscious effort to eat less meat, obviously to benefit the environment, and also it seems to be helping with my dodgy gut problems! So I decided to make a mushroom bourguignon for dinner last night.
Ive spent 5 winters working in chalet hotels in the Alps, and as much as its been some of the best years of my life, i've been planted with some NOT so good long lasting memories.... and one of those is BOURGUIGNON!
EVERY Sunday for 5 years, the chefs in the kitchen would make our guests a delicious beef bourguignon for their FIRST night dinner arriving in France. YES this is a delightful way for them to start their holidays with a proper Francaissss dinner. BUT for me it has simply ruined a classic french dish. For us Sunday is transfer day... a long old day of cleaning in order to changeover the hotel for new guests, and smelling this same smell each week has created a hatred for the dish, by associating it with this day.
Im not saying im never going to eat it again, as the tastiness out weights the memories, but for now im going to avoid. HOWEVER I decided to make an alternative, because you really cant beat that rich beautiful stew flavour.
Mushrooms make an excellent substitute for a veggie version of the dish. They are packed with protein way more than you would get from your beef. Many dont like the texture of the little guys, I went through a stage of it, but if you can get past that, they work perfectly in SO many veggie dishes.
With a stew you really want some proper creamy mashed potatoes to soak up all the goodness in the jus. However I have the perfect healthier alternative for you...
I have a new and very powerful love for bean mash! By slowly cooking mixed beans in stock and herbs, it can be blended down into protein packed, flavoursome mash, which works SO well will the Bourguignon.
So let me talk you through just how to make this sensational dish..
Mushroom bourguignon with bean mash! 🍄