Simple But Tasty | Beef and Ale Stew


I love heartwarming meals that make you reminisce about your childhood. You know roast dinners, homemade soups, casseroles and stews those sort of dishes? One of my favourites is beef-and-ale; there's just something about those two ingredients that work so well and in complete harmony. So what better way to enjoy them both by combining them together in a hearty stew? 

For this recipe, I used Hobgoblin beer, a ruby beer made by the Wychwood Brewery. I particularly like this ale due to its chocolaty, toffee taste and smell. This ale is 5.2% and comes in 500ml bottles at from Aldi. You can literally use any beer that you have to hand. Likewise, if you do not have carrots, you can substitute for any vegetables that you need using up.  


So, how do you make this? Well, I will show you.

Ingredients: 

Cooking oil
100ml of water
500ml of beer
2 tablespoons of flour
2 tablespoons of Tomato Purée
1kg of stewing beef steak
3 carrots, chopped
3 medium-sized onions
1 teaspoon of chilli flakes
1 clove of garlic, chopped
2 sprigs of rosemary or 1/2 tsp of dried rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste [opt]

Let's Get Cooking

- In a bowl mix the beef with 1 tablespoon of oil, making sure to cover the meat well with the oil. Meanwhile, mix the flour with the salt, pepper and chilli flakes. Chuck the flour mix over the beef and stir well to ensure it's covered.

- Using a medium-sized pot, heat 1 tablespoon of oil on medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, stir until they brown. Next, add the beef to the pot and stir until it's browned too. Once the beef is nicely browned you can add the tomato purée and 100ml of water. Reduce the heat and cook for 5 minutes. 

- Add half of the beer - I typically use Hobgoblin for depth and flavour - into the pot and allow it to boil. Give the stew a good mix to ensure it doesn't stick to the bottom. Add the remaining beer, the carrots and rosemary. Cover the pot and allow it to cook for 3 and a half hours while checking occasionally. 

- After the long wait, serve up with mashed potatoes and enjoy!

If you enjoy beef and ale then why not give this a go? 

Connor

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