Beef and ale stew

Beef and ale stew


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About this recipe: This is a classic in our family passed down from my grandmother during WWII but with my addition of the ale. Simple, healthy and VERY tasty.

andy.james.cook London, England, UK

Serves: 4 

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1lb shin of beef
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 small swede, peeled and diced
  • 1 turnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 beef OXO cube in 1/2pt boiling water
  • 1/4 pint good ale

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr20min 

  1. Sweat chopped onion in a large non-stick saucepan with a little oil over a medium heat for a few minutes. Remove the onion and reserve for later.
  2. Cut the steak into large cubes (1 to 1 1/2 in) and seal with plain flour, salt and pepper. This is best done by putting 2 to 3 tablespoons flour, a good pinch of salt and some ground black pepper in a sandwich bag and placing a few cubes at a time in the bag then shake. Once all beef is coated, place all the beef in the saucepan with a little more oil to brown. Stir constantly until all the beef is browned off.
  3. Once all the beef is browned, add the cooked onion back to the pan with the diced vegetables, stock and ale. Stir thoroughly scraping any juices and flour off the bottom of the saucepan.
  4. Bring to the boil then simmer very gently for 3 hours, stirring thoroughly every 30 minutes or so. After 3 hours the stew should be very thick and all the turnip should have dissolved into the gravy. The swede and carrot should still be very evident.
  5. Serve up with plenty of buttery mashed potato, peas, green beans etc. and enjoy.


Your choice of ale will change the flavour of this recipe. My favourite is London Pride.

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Changing the ale gives different results. Abbots Pale Ale is not too bad. Wytchwood Hobgoblin is too rich. London Pride has a perfect blend of hops and sweetness that combines beautifully with the other ingredients. - 06 Apr 2016

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