This is a delicious, hearty stew that's perfect for late fall or winter. For the beer, I recommend Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat bacon grease in a large pot over medium heat.

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  • Combine flour with salt and pepper. Coat beef cubes.

  • Brown meat in the bacon grease until nicely browned. Remove to a paper towel, and set aside.

  • Heat olive oil in the same pot. Cook onions, garlic, carrots, and celery over low heat. Add the vinegar and sugar. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil. Deglaze the pan by scraping off the food stuck on the bottom of the pot.

  • Return meat to pot. Pour in beer, then stir in parsnips, turnips, red potatoes, parsley, and bay leaves. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

918.3 calories; 56 g protein; 43.7 g carbohydrates; 166.3 mg cholesterol; 777.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2007
This was a great creation but it did need modifications for my taste. First I used a pot since I feel that stews need to sit and cook slowly for optimal flavor and tenderness. Second since I am not a beer drinker I used about 1 and a half bottles and not the entire 2. To go with the theme of the season I used Samuel Adams October-fest Ale. Second there was something missing from flavor so to jazz it up a bit I added a few beef bullion packets and a 1/2 of cup of Worcestershire sauce - that perfected it for me for flavor. Finally I agree with most of the other posters that it was not thick enough and too soupy so I did thicken it with some cornstarch - that was it! I will make this again but with the additional modifications I did.:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/10/2006
This was very good but hubby didn't care for it. Lots of yummy veggies but the beer added a bitter after taste - maybe a less bitter beer would help (I used the recommended type). It never got the consistancy of "stew" it was more like soup. I had to add several tablespoons of cornstarch and it got a little thicker... I felt like it was missing something to "finish it". Not sure what that is yet... Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2007
This was a great creation but it did need modifications for my taste. First I used a pot since I feel that stews need to sit and cook slowly for optimal flavor and tenderness. Second since I am not a beer drinker I used about 1 and a half bottles and not the entire 2. To go with the theme of the season I used Samuel Adams October-fest Ale. Second there was something missing from flavor so to jazz it up a bit I added a few beef bullion packets and a 1/2 of cup of Worcestershire sauce - that perfected it for me for flavor. Finally I agree with most of the other posters that it was not thick enough and too soupy so I did thicken it with some cornstarch - that was it! I will make this again but with the additional modifications I did.:) Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2007
This was a great creation but it did need modifications for my taste. First I used a pot since I feel that stews need to sit and cook slowly for optimal flavor and tenderness. Second since I am not a beer drinker I used about 1 and a half bottles and not the entire 2. To go with the theme of the season I used Samuel Adams October-fest Ale. Second there was something missing from flavor so to jazz it up a bit I added a few beef bullion packets and a 1/2 of cup of Worcestershire sauce - that perfected it for me for flavor. Finally I agree with most of the other posters that it was not thick enough and too soupy so I did thicken it with some cornstarch - that was it! I will make this again but with the additional modifications I did.:) Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2007
I've read the reviews before the attemp and added arrowroot w/Tamari sauce for a thickner;boiled the beer to lose the alcohol before adding to pot out of celery added two turnips.Just had a bowl very tasty.and today its freezing outside & windy.Will keep this one it the recipe box.Thanks Only 4 stars because i don't eat much meat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2005
This is truly wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/10/2006
This was very good but hubby didn't care for it. Lots of yummy veggies but the beer added a bitter after taste - maybe a less bitter beer would help (I used the recommended type). It never got the consistancy of "stew" it was more like soup. I had to add several tablespoons of cornstarch and it got a little thicker... I felt like it was missing something to "finish it". Not sure what that is yet... Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2006
This is very good but it's soup not stew. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/25/2010
November 2009. Used mostly fresh ingredients (still) from our eastern Washington garden cannot go wrong with this recipe!! And its great to thin down with broth for soup during the week. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/10/2006
Excellent taste! I didnt use the bacon drippings but rather used good olive oil to save the calories/fat. I also forgot the celery but I didnt notice at all. This stew was YUMMY! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/09/2013
I tried this recipe using in a crockpot. I marinated my meat overnight in a combination of beer worchestershire soy sauce and garlic. I've been looking forward to it allllll day (the aroma has filled my house for hours) and now i'm a bit dissapointed. It's way too sweet. I didn't know how to fix that so I added worchestershire and that made it worce! It's definatley edible but I think where I went wrong was in the deglazing step. I went ahead and added the vinigar and sugar and scrapped the reminants from the meat added some of the broth to that and then dumped the mixture in with everything else into my crockpot. I think in the recipe the sweet mixture should have been absorbed by the veggies as was not the case in my version. ALSO i didn't add all the beer because of the other reviews and the beer i did use i think was to sweet. I think it needs a dark beer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2015
It's great as is! The second time I made it I threw the cooked bacon in too and used pork instead of beef. YUMMM Read More
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