Nana's Beer Stew recipe
From Tish Osborn- Originally from Ada Vielmetti (Nana) & Aunt Florence Burt
To serve @ 6 people, use:
4 lbs. Of good Stew Meat
2 lb. Onions, thickly sliced
Flour to dredge meat
Oil to brown meat, in a large skillet
6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or crushed
3T Dark Brown Sugar
¼ cup red wine vinegar
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
2 small bay leaves, put in whole
1 t. dried thyme leaves..... Or 2 tsps. of fresh
1 T. salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 bottles of GOOD beer. I often use English Stout
2 10½ oz cans of Beef Broth [not Consume`]
[Dumpling mix recipe below, put on at end of cooking time.]
Cut beef into bite-size pieces. Dredge in flour and brown in skillet with a little oil, before putting in an ovenproof casserole dish. [I use a large roaster]
When all beef has been browned, add a little more oil, and saute onion and garlic just until soft.
Add the onion and garlic to the casserole with the meat; except beer and broth.
Add broth to skillet to de-glaze pan. Add all other ingredients, and stir to make sure sugar is dissolved. Pour over meat mixture and stir again.
Add beer. Stir all together.
Cover casserole and cook at 325 degrees for @ 2-3 hours.
Note: The stew will appear to be very runny. The dumplings seem to absorb some of the liquid.
Mix dumplings together just before you are ready to serve stew. Drop spoon dumplings on top of meat, put the lid back on the casserole and bake for 15 minutes without lifting lid.
Serve, and expect accolades.
I often just mix up Bisquick dumplings....but here's the original recipe.
[Optional Dumpling recipe]
2 cups sifted self-rising flour
¾ cup of milk
2T. Melted butter
A little chopped parsley if you like, for flavor.
Mix together and drop on the stew. Cook 15 min as directed.