Its the second of July, its raining, misty and cold. I’m in the laundry room staring into the freezer seeing what I can cook for dinner. I spot a price reduced pack of stewing beef £1.42 for 1½lbs of westcountry beef (I love a bargain) I’m thinking casserole, maybe a bit boring and then inspiration comes to me in the form of a lonely can of fosters sitting amongst the paint brushes. I go into the kitchen, defrost the meat and start the dinner with enthusiasm, I know just what is needed.
What you will need
1½ good stewing beef cut into chunks
2 tablespoons of plain flour seasoned with salt, pepper and mixed herbs.
olive or rapeseed oil
1 large onion sliced
1 can of lager, beer or ale
4 carrots cut into bite sized chunks
1 beef stock cube
2 bay leaves
I added some mushrooms. I would have also added celery if it was in the fridge!
some white bread thickly sliced
knobs of butter
How to make your Beefy Beer and Bread
1. Heat the oil in a frying pan
2. Toss the cubed beef into the seasoned flour. Once the oil is hot brown the pieces of meat, when nicely browned on all sides pour in just over 3/4 of the can of beer, this will deglaze the pan. Pour meat and beer into a casserole dish or a slow cooker.
3. Add a little more oil to your now empty frying pan and gently fry the onioins till they start to go soft and colour a little. Turn off the heat and tip the onions into the casserole dish.
4. Next add the carrots, mushrooms bay leaf and any other veg you would like into the casserole. Crumble in the stock cube. Stir well and place the lid on and cook for 2½ hours at 150ºc/300ºf/ gas mark 2 or alternatively place in the slow cooker, which is what I did and left it on all day on low till ready to do the topping.
5. When the meat is cooked and tender,cut the crusts off the bread and lay on top of the casserole slightly over lapping them. Pour the rest of the beer over the bread and then dot the bread with plenty of butter. Put into a hot oven with the lid off and crisp the bread for about 20 mins.
Serve with freshly steamed green veg and maybe a pint of beer?!
This also re-heats really well. I think you’re going to love this recipe, I can’t wait to make it again, even Maisie my 12 yr old appreciated its flavour!