Recipe courtesy of Robert Irvine

Much Ado about Mushroom Beef Steaks Poached in Ale

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 35 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 large red onions, diced

2 cups (about 6 to 8 ounces) small button mushrooms, cleaned trimmed and sliced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 pounds top round steak, cut into 6 portions, seasoned with salt and pepper and tenderized with a meat mallet

4 (12-ounce) bottles ale, enough to immerse the steaks (recommended: Samuel Adams Boston Lager

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, cut into chunks


  1. To make the mushroom confit, melt butter in 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat in a large saute pan. Add onion and saute until they begin to turn translucent. Add mushrooms and cook until they give up their juices. Lower heat and cook until the mixture caramelizes, then season with salt and pepper to taste and remove to a bowl. Cover and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat the other tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat and sear the steaks about 2 minutes each side. Reduce the heat to low and add the ale. Maintain the ale at a simmer, just below boiling and cook uncovered until fork tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the steak to a carving board to rest. Increase the heat under the skillet to allow the ale to reduce by two-thirds. Season with salt and pepper, remove from heat and whisk in butter just before service.
  3. Slice steak into thin slices and arrange on a platter. Spoon mushroom onion confit over and spoon sauce around.

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