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).

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, February/March 2006

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3; cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day before cooking.

For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts

301 calories; protein 31.4g; carbohydrates 16.7g; dietary fiber 2.5g; sugars 4.7g; fat 10.2g; saturated fat 2.9g; cholesterol 80.8mg; vitamin a iu 7849IU; vitamin c 6mg; folate 35.9mcg; calcium 42.9mg; iron 2.9mg; magnesium 33.3mg; potassium 646.8mg; sodium 361.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg.
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Reviews (24)

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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Could not figure out why my dish tasted bitter. I found that cooking caraway seeds an extended period of time will make a dish bitter. I am sure it would have been good but I wasted my ingredients and time this time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Incredibly good. I really Incredibly good. I really can't believe a serving is under 300 calories! I don't have a slowcooker so I used my cast-iron dutch oven and put it in the oven at 250 degrees to simmer away. I wonder if the people who had a problem with bitterness used the wrong beer? I am not a beer drinker so I went to a local store that specializes in "fancy" beers. They helped me pick out a Flemish beer - Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale - which was made in Belgium. It worked out very well. Oddly enough my butcher had a sale on bison chuck that was cheeper than the beef chuck and I bought it. It worked very well. Making this stew was how I entertained myself during the big snow storm that hit Philadelphia on Feb. 6 2010. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2013
It's a hit 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. Pros: Recipe works excellent flavour Cons: Adjust for your slow cooker Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/15/2014
there are no carrots or mushrooms in Flemish Beef stew I am from Flanders and have been making this stew for 30 years. the recipe is simple: 2 onions 2 lobs of stew meat pungent mustard dark abbey beer. Glaze onions rub meat with mustard and sear. poor beer over meat and onions add a few bay leaves salt pepper and thyme. Bring to a boil reduce heat and cook for minimum 3 hours to get the right flavor. You cannot make this in 45 minutes. The meat will be tough. Carrots and mushrooms don't mix well with beer and mustard. They give a rancid flavor and should be cooked separately. The best way to serve is with Belgian fries mashed potatoes boiled potatoes or bread. Best sides: fresh apple sauce green beans or a simple tomato and cucumber salad. Keep it simple and cook it long! Pros: American version Cons: carrots mushrooms short cooking time Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/07/2013
Not the best I ever HAD but the best I ever MADE 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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2012
Delicious not at all bitter. This stew was great. I made it pretty much according to the recipe except I substituted parsnips for about half the carrots since I love both and I doubled the garlic because I usually double garlic! The thickness of the sauce was good the meat was tender and unlike other reviewers I did not find it to be bitter at all. It was amazingly good. I recommend using a good sweet Belgian brown ale. We each had half a glass of the one we used with dinner and it was pretty sweet which is probably why our stew did not turn out bitter in the least. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2014
One of our Go-To meals! I never use the caraway seeds but other than that follow the recipe to a T. One of our go-to recipes. We often use venison in place of the beef only because we have it and it's free.:) We often serve it over boiled potatoes. I love that it's made in the crock-pot - I can get it ready in the morning and when I come home - dinner is served!:) Pros: Easy tasty healthy Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious! I used venison instead of beef because that is what I had. My adult daughter 'sampled' it all day long! Easy and tasty. I have made it with low sodium beef broth instead of beer as well. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
We had it. It was great! But wondered if we could add potatoes to the mix. Or put it over long noodles (stroganoff-like). Read More
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