I forgot the mustard, but otherwise made as written. I'm a good cook, and was completely taken by surprise because I just thought this looked an easy dinner for a tired day.
My cooker requires more water, and since I didn't have dark beer I used an ale but added a Tblspn of molasses to compensate.
My husband said - this is delicious. It is now my go-to stew.
I did remove all the solids, then made a gravy using the liquids, but otherwise needed no flavour adjustments. Incredible.
As an American living in Belgium for a few years, I have had my share of fantastic Flemish beef stew. I will not say this is just as good, but it is still delicous and evokes the same flavors. I used a tip that I learned from a restaurant in Ghent known for their beef stew- combine a dark beer with a cherry beer. I was really pleased with how this came our and will definitely make again.
LOVED this, so much I am making it for a second time in two weeks. I did omit the mustard. I used Sam Adams Boston lager. And I added two potatoes. I did not find it bitter at all and cannot wait to have it again.
I made this for my wife when she was ill. She said it sounded good so I went to the store and got all the ingredients. Guys, you can do this too :-). I did use a couple shallots instead of the onion and I'd highly recommend it to you as well. You'll taste the difference. I did not add the caroway seeds (wife doesn't like them) but I did add some baby Yukon Gold potatoes. Delicious! I took it to work and everyone said how good it smelled when we were eating together.
Easy to make and stores well for leftovers that you can take to work
I basically followed the recipe but decided not to put in caraway seeds as I was worried about the bitterness. I added in some fresh thyme that I had on hand as well, and put in more of the veggies (plus potatoes) to stretch the stew out. I didn't have a problem with the bitterness that other reviewers mentioned; the mushroom mixture came out fine! I used Newcastle Brown Ale for my beer. I'll definitely make this stew again and right now, I'm actually putting more veggies in my slow cooker to make more stew! I'd recommend putting in a bit more salt and pepper if you're going to stretch it out; I also put in 1 1/2 cup of water since I had more ingredients than the original recipe called for. It turned out great!
tasty, filling, easy to make, didn't really need to keep an eye on it