Flemish Beef Stew
From EatingWell: February/March 2006
For this slow-cooker interpretation of Carbonnades Flamandes, a Flemish stew made with beer, if you can't find a brown ale, use a strong, dark beer (but not a stout).
- 4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
- 2 pounds bottom round, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 3/4 pound sliced cremini, or white button mushrooms
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups brown ale, or dark beer
- 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add half the beef and brown on all sides, turning frequently, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker. Drain any fat from the pan. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and brown the remaining beef. Transfer to the slow cooker.
- Return the skillet to medium heat, add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until they give off their liquid and it evaporates to a glaze, 5 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the mushrooms; cook undisturbed for 10 seconds, then stir and cook for 30 seconds more. Pour in ale (or beer); bring to a boil, whisking constantly to reduce foaming, until thickened and bubbling, about 3 minutes. Transfer the mushroom mixture to the slow cooker.
- Add carrots, onion, garlic, mustard, caraway seeds, salt, pepper and bay leaf to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
- Put the lid on and cook on low until the beef is very tender, about 8 hours. Discard the bay leaf before serving.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3; cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day before cooking.
Per serving: 272 calories; 9 g fat (3 g sat, 4 g mono); 72 mg cholesterol; 17 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 27 g protein; 2 g fiber; 359 mg sodium; 609 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (110% daily value), Zinc (33% dv), Potassium (17% dv), Iron (15% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat
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- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- More than 1 hour
- 8 or more
- Main Ingredient
- Other European
- February/March 2006
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