Beef goes incredibly well with mushrooms, creating an earthy flavor and an interesting texture. There are many recipes that include both ingredients, from pies to stews, to bring out the best qualities in them.
Here are 15 of our favorites that you can whip up for your next social gathering, family meal or special occasion.
The actual preparation time for this delectable beef dish is a mere 15 minutes, leaving plenty of opportunity to get other stuff done while you wait for it to cook. You can use pre-diced beef or cut a chuck fillet into cubes yourself.
This recipe is cost-effective, with most of the ingredients being inexpensive to buy. We recommend you serve it with mashed potatoes – why not commandeer the leftover drippings for a delicious gravy?
This creamy stroganoff is everything you ever wanted in your comfort food – hearty, delicious and quick to make. It is ready in just 20 minutes, with no tricks or gimmicks in sight; just good, honest food.
Serve the sauce with pasta or noodles to suit your tastes, or you could get some spaghetti squash for a low calorie option.
The key to this dish is making sure the meat doesn’t dry out – sirloin, tenderloin and eye fillet are the best cuts for staying tender throughout cooking.
Experience a taste of Asia with this rich stir fry. It is refreshingly simple to prepare, as you basically just fling all the ingredients in a pan and you’re good to go.
Soy sauce and oyster sauce bring a dark umami flavor to the meat, and the succulent beef just melts in your mouth in every bite. A stir fry is an affordable dish, using ingredients that you’re likely to have hanging around the house anyway.
You can add anything you like, blending your favorite vegetables and sauces for a custom dinner.
We think that this recipe encapsulates the best way to eat Salisbury steak, with the mushroom gravy really enhancing the flavor of the beef.
Everything in the recipe is made from scratch, but doesn’t include any complex processes, so you can impress your family and friends with ease.
If you want to really make it your own, try caramelizing the onions first for a luxurious spin. You can also use different meats or seasonings to taste.
Another stir fry dish, this one has rice and used to be a favorite in Chinese restaurants. It goes well with button mushrooms or shiitake mushrooms, but it will be great whichever mushrooms you choose to use – why not use a mix of different types?
You may be intrigued at the addition of baking soda in the recipe, but this is actually highly effective at tenderizing the beef and giving it a tantalizing texture.
This recipe is designed for use with an Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker, but you can use any kind of slow cooking appliance – the main thing is that it only needs one pot to make.
The broth is full of herbs to season the beef nicely, and the chunky mushrooms finish off the dish in style. It is a classic, simple meal that is bound to warm up the whole family on a cold day.
Another favorite one-pan dish, this beef in creamy mushroom sauce recipe is a favorite of ours. It is simple to make and will be completed within an hour.
Searing the beef first helps bring out its natural tenderness and flavor, giving it the perfect texture to melt in your mouth – you won’t be able to resist.
There are a number of serving options that will go well, including rice and mashed potatoes, or you can just serve it as is.
Braised beef is excellent for dinner parties, because it’s quick and easy to make but brings a certain sophistication to proceedings. Alternatively, it’s great as comfort food after a long and stressful day at work.
Use large cuts of beef such as brisket or chuck fillet, and watch as it slowly softens into delicious, tender chunks. Make sure you brown the beef first to set free all those mouthwatering drippings into the pan.
One pot beef and mushroom dishes are certainly popular, and it’s easy to see why – these ingredients are ideal for preparing altogether, saving on time and washing up.
This recipe makes a stroganoff that is less liquid-y than you would usually expect, so add in some extra water if you prefer it runnier.
You should use a heavy pan so that all ingredients can be heated thoroughly to the ideal temperature, and keep the heat up while the pasta is cooking so that it doesn’t become sticky.
Time for something a little different but just as delicious – this wholesome meatloaf will satisfy all your beef and mushroom cravings.
The idea behind adding mushrooms to the traditional meatloaf is that they will pad it out a bit, allowing the meat to go further than it otherwise would.
This means you get more meatloaf for your money and it is just as filling, making it a great meal to make when you’re on a budget.
If you love pastry, these steak and mushroom pasties are for you. These are more of a snack food than a full meal, so are great for popping in your bag when you’re out and about. Alternatively, you can serve them with plenty of veggies as part of a meal.
It is easier to buy ready-made puff pastry to ensure an even finish, but if you want an additional challenge you can always make your own – after all, there is no substitute for the buttery taste of homemade pastry.
Here’s a lovely tomato-based dish to balance out the more creamy and gravy-based offerings in the list. This is a great one for people who love Bolognese sauces – you can serve it with pasta, or with things like polenta or spaghetti squash.
You can rustle up the ragu sauce in around half an hour, and it’s sure to be a favorite with your whole family – you can even get the kids to help with the cooking, as it’s an easy recipe to get started with.
Not only are these burgers healthier than standard all-beef burgers, they are juicier and pack an extra umami punch. The website the recipe is posted on has a load of umami-based meals to try out, so feel free to explore if you enjoy this flavor in your food.
This recipe instructs you to blend the mushrooms with a food processor so they end up with the same texture as the minced beef, but you can use larger pieces of mushroom if you prefer.
What can be better on a cold winter’s day than a nice bowl of hearty soup? Of course, you can enjoy this delicious soup at any time of the year, and it’s handy for carrying around in a flask when you’re on the go.
Serve on its own, or with noodles for a more filling meal. Soup can feed a family effectively and is affordable to make, although this one does use red wine to give it a rich quality.
This recipe caters to the finer tastes, using tenderloin steak to create a luxurious meal that you can make time and time again. It is definitely worth spending the money to get the best cuts, as the beef takes center stage and must be as tender as possible.
Red really intensifies the meat’s flavor, so you should steer clear of cooking wines and use your favorite drinking wine instead. The filet mignon is definitely one to save for a special occasion, so why not pull out all the stops on your partner’s birthday and serve them this?
Frequently Asked Questions
Which Mushroom Varieties Are Best For Beef Recipes?
It really depends on the particular dish as which type of mushrooms will go best, as different ones offer different flavors – look to see if the recipe you’re using offers any advice where this is concerned.
As a general rule, button mushrooms, cremini mushrooms and portobello mushrooms are great for cooking with and will amplify the meatiness of the dish. Shiitake mushrooms are also a fantastic choice if you want something more delicate.
Why Do Mushrooms And Beef Go Well Together?
Both flavors are very umami-based, which means they complement each other well and the mushrooms amplify the meaty flavor of the beef.
Usually, contrasting flavors are paired together, but this is an example of two similar-tasting ingredients having an enhancing effect.
What Drink Should I Pair With Beef And Mushroom Dishes?
Wine is always a good choice to pair with these flavors – usually red wine for beef dishes, but white wines can also work excellently with certain sauces (e.g. Stroganoff).
Ideal red wines include Bordeaux, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. White wines for mushroom dishes include Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.