In bid to save money, the HTB and I planned our meals for the next week (or two). I always thought that meal planning would be a breeze since I’m an avid cook. However, we both had to rack our brains to think of things to cook. I think we were focusing too much on the $5 per meal criteria. Anyway, beef stew came to mind and I suggested this PW recipe.
The stew turned out lovely and we had it with some freshly baked bread and salad with orange vinaigrette. Just one major modification – add in 1-2 bay leaves when stewing the beef.
Beef Stew with Beer and Paprika
(taken from here)
- 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 2 pounds Stew Meat
- 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
- 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
- 1 can Beer, 12 Ounce Can
- 4 cups Beef Stock (or 4 Cups Water + 4 Beef Bouillon Cubes)
- 2 cups Water (additional, If Needed)
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
- 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 1-1/2 teaspoon Sugar
- 4 whole Carrots, Washed, Unpeeled, And Roughly Sliced
- 4 whole New Potatoes, Quartered
- Minced Parsley (optional)
- Heat oil and butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Brown meat in two batches, setting aside on a plate when brown. Cut pieces in half. Set aside.
- Add diced onions to the pot. Stir and cook for two or three minutes until softened, then add garlic for another minute. Pour in beer and beef stock, then add Worcestershire, tomato paste, paprika, salt, pepper, and sugar. Add beef back into the pot. Stir to combine. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
- The liquid should cook down to a thicker state. If it gets too thick/reduces too much, add additional water as needed.
- Add carrots and potatoes, then cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes. (If stew gets dry, just add a cup of hot water at a time to replenish the liquid.) Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
- Serve in bowls next to crusty French bread. Sprinkle with minced parsley, if desired.