Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Beef in Beer

On my weekend jaunt across the border I bought myself some beef. I had the idea that I would make beef bourguignon from my new recipe book "The Complete Robuchon". Nice simple meal, beef, burgundy, onions. Nope. 19 ingredients (mind you that is including spices). Cooking time, 2 and a half hours plus 25 minutes for the onions, 5 minutes for the lardons and 10 minutes for the mushrooms. 5 pots or pans. 5!!!!

As we say in Australia "bugger that for a game of soldiers".

Beef in beer instead. 7 ingredients. 1 frypan, 1 crockpot - much better!

900g diced beef
3 medium sized onions, sliced
3 large carrots chopped up
500g new potatoes (cut larger ones in half)
Olive oil
2 large cans of beer (or one bottle)
2 beef stock cubes

Chop the carrots and cut in half the bigger of the potatoes. Put in the crock pot/casserole.

Heat up a fry pan with a little oil, and brown the meat in batches and add to the crock pot. Cook the sliced onions in the pan till softened and a little browned. Pour some of the beer into the pan to lift the delicious browned bits from the pan. Pour into the crockpot and add the rest of the beer and the stock cubes. If using an electric crock pot, cook for 8 hours on low. If using a pot on the stove, simmer gently for 2 hours.

How easy is that? Ok so it takes a while to cook, but effort? Almost zero and the taste... delish!

3 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love meat stews with beer! That dish looks really good and wonderfully homey!

Cheers,

Rosa

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks great. Someone gave me a crock pot years ago and I've never even taken it out of the box. This looks like a good excuse to do so!

farida said...

So this is drunken beef, right:) Looks delicious and sounds easy to make.