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Boeuf Bourguignon

1-14g pkg dried porcini, morel or shiitake mushrooms
3-lb boneless beef cross rib pot roast
4-oz thickly sliced bacon, chopped
3-tbsp vegetable oil
1-onion, chopped
1-large carrot, chopped
2-cloves garlic, minced
1/2-tsp salt
1/2-tsp pepper
1 1/2-cups red wine
1/2-cup beef broth
3-sprigs fresh parsley
2-sprigs fresh thyme
2-bay leaves
2-cups pearl onions (1-10oz pkg)
1-tbsp butter
3-cups button mushrooms (8oz)
2-tbsp brandy
1/3-cup all-purpose flour
2-tbsp fresh parsley

Soak dried mushrooms in 1/2-cup hot water for 30 minutes
Meanwhile, trim beef and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes, set aside
In large skillet, sauté bacon over medium-high heat until crisp; transfer to slow cooker
Drain fat from skillet
Add 1-tbsp of oil
Brown beef in batches, adding remaining oil when needed; add to slow cooker
Drain fat from skillet
Fry chopped onion, carrot, garlic, salt and pepper over medium heat until softened, about 3 minutes
Drain mushrooms, reserving liquid, and chop
Add mushrooms and soaking liquid to skillet along with wine and broth
Bring to a boil, scraping the brown bits from bottom of skillet
Scrape into slow cooker
Tie the sprigs of parsley, thyme and bay leaves together with a string and add to slow cooker
In pot of boiling water, boil pearl onions for 1 minute; drain and chill in cold water
Peel and trim, leaving the root ends still intact
Over medium heat, melt the butter in a skillet and brown onions for about 5 minutes
With a slotted spoon, transfer the onions to the slow cooker
Set the skillet with the remaining butter aside for now
Cover the slow cooker and cook on low until beef is fork-tender, about 6-8 hours
Skim off any fat
In the skillet with the remaining butter, sauté button mushrooms over medium-high heat until browned, about 5 minutes
Scrape into slow cooker and add brandy
Move meat and vegetables to one side of slow cooker; discard herbs
Whisk flour with 1/2-cup water, whisk into slow cooker liquids, stir to mix well
Cover and cook on high until thickened, about 15 minutes
Sprinkle with parsley