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Beef and ale stew recipe

Beef and ale stew recipe

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It's hard to beat a hearty stew when it comes to winter suppers. Try this rich beef stew the whole family will love to warm up with on those chilly evenings. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 25 mins to prepare and 2 hrs 20 mins to cook
  • 451 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Dairy-free


  • 800g beef brisket, cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 50ml sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, peeled and chopped
  • 20g plain flour
  • 300ml Belgian ale (Duvel, for example)
  • 400ml beef stock
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • few sprigs thyme

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    22g 31%
  • Saturates

    6g 32%
  • Sugars

    8g 9%
  • Salt

    1.6g 27%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 13.6g Protein 44.1g Fibre 3.1g


  1. Heat the sunflower oil in a large, heavy-based casserole dish over a moderate heat. Season the beef, then sear in batches until golden brown in colour all over. Remove from the dish, then add the onion, carrot, celery, bay leaf and thyme sprigs and sweat the vegetables for 6-8 mins, stirring occasionally until just softened.
  2. Sprinkle the beef with the flour to coat, then add back to the dish. Increase the heat and deglaze the dish with the beer, stirring the base well to loosen any debris.
  3. Pour in the stock and bring the mixture to the boil. Stir in the tomato puree, then cover the dish and reduce to a simmer. Cook gently for 2 hrs, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from the heat after 2 hrs and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Make sure you discard the bay leaf and thyme sprigs before serving.

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