Winter warmer beef and ale stew

Winter warmer beef and ale stew


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About this recipe: Slow cooker recipe for beef and ale stew, slow cookers keep the flavour locked in and you can use cheaper cuts of meat, the long cooking time will leave the beef very tender. About 400g of beef and 600g of vegetables would make about 6 generous portions when served with potatoes and Yorkshire pudding, but only 4 when served on its own.

SupnSnap Yorkshire, England, UK

Serves: 6 

  • oil, as needed for cooking
  • 400g diced beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1/2 swede, diced
  • 2 to 4 carrots, sliced
  • 1 to 2 leeks, sliced
  • 1 handful mushrooms
  • 600ml porter or ale
  • vegetable stock, as needed
  • Henderson's relish, to taste
  • 1 to 2 handfuls peas

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:6hr  ›  Ready in:6hr20min 

  1. Preheat the slow cooker to Low.
  2. In a large frying pan over a medium heat warm a little oil and add the diced beef and onion. Cook and stir for several minutes to brown on all sides. Transfer to slow cooker.
  3. To the slow cooker add the swede, carrot, leek and mushroom. Pour in the porter or ale and enough stock to cover the ingredients. Add a good glug of Henderson's relish and give a good stir.
  4. Cook for 1 hour on High followed by 4 hours on Low, or 6 hours on Low adding the peas 10 minutes before the end of cooking time. The stew is ready when the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened. Remove from the slow cooker and serve.


Add a drained tin of tomatoes at beginning of cooking time. Substitute a large glass of red wine for the porter/ale. Add herbs, such as parsley.

Serving ideas

Serve with a giant Yorkshire pudding and mashed potatoes. (Or add chunks of peeled potatoes to slow cooker with other vegetables). Serve with dumplings (add 1 hour before end of cooking time). Serve with or without the dumplings in a bowl with large chunks of crusty bread on the side.

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I have not tried this recipe yet but will add that for those who are not familiar with Henderson's Relish, you could substitute with Worcestershire sauce. Henderson's can be best described as a slightly sweeter (and many believe, a far superior) cousin of Worcestershire sauce. Henderson's is a good all rounder and can be used with any meat, unfortunately it is not commonly available outside of Yorkshire. - 05 Jan 2015

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