Beef and Beer Stew
Brrrrrrrrr, Its well and truly winter time! Now that our move is complete, we're settling in nicely. This bout of south-westerly winds is coming right up the escarpment and trying to grab us by the short and curlies. My cure? This Beef and Beer casserole...... my family's favourite winter time dinner.
Its easy as, and you probably have everything you need in your cupboard and fridge right now.
Why not make up a double batch and freeze some for another night, then just whack it in the oven, while you're enjoying a red wine after work..... just don't have it outside!
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic
3 rashers bacon - go the fatty kind.... its for the taste!
600g chuck steak, or cubed beef
1 can of guinness - (or the darkest beer you've got in the fridge)
1 sachet (or 3 tablespoons) tomato paste
3 tablespoons worstershire sauce
good handful of oregano - strangely enough, dried is better - if you have fresh, that's cool
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 beef stock cubes
1 Heat oil in large pan
2 Brown meat in 2 or three batches until golden and a bit crispy - remove from pan and add to a slow cooker
3 Add onions and bacon to pan and brown slightly
4 Deglaze the bottom of the pan with the can of Guinness - the little ball inside is called a widget - it stops the Guinness from fizzing up all over the place when the can is popped!
5 Add all the other ingredients to the pan and slowly cook for 5 minutes.
6 Do a taste test to see if the seasoning is right and add accordingly
7 Add mix to the slow cooker and turn to low heat.
8 Leave for the rest of the day to turn into a bowl of delicious yumminess!
I serve this dish with a big plate of mashed potato and fresh broccolini, but you can use whatever you have available. It makes a great leftover snack pack for lunch the next day too.
Let me know you go, and feel free to post up some pics so I can see your masterpieces!
Until next time.... Go Blues...... Oh, soz, meant...... Happy Farming!