Recipe by SheCooksToConquer
This is pretty darned close to the delicious stew I used to get in the Netherlands. The secret is using a very dark, very malty beer or ale. It's baked in the oven and then finished on the stove, so be sure to use a Dutch oven or pot that can be heated both ways.
Top Review by L00k
YUM! This was delicious! Nice, rich, and flavourful with a nice sweetness. I copied the recipe into my meal planning software and somehow the beer amount was reduced to 1 cup in the transfer, which I think was perfect... because I got to drink the rest. (Mind you, it was 10am, but I'm not complaining.) I don't have a dutch oven, so I just let it stew on the stove top all day. The meat was falling apart. Mmmm. Will be making this again! next time I'll try adding mushrooms as suggested by a previous reviewer.
- 1 lb lean stewing beef, cubed
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 bay leaf
- 1⁄4 teaspoon thyme
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup beef broth or 1 cup stock
- 12 ounces dark beer
- 1 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2⁄3 cup milk
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 325.
- Dredge beef in flour, then brown in oil in a Dutch oven. Remove and set aside.
- Brown onion and garlic in pan drippings. Add 1 T brown sugar, 2 t of wine vinegar, thyme, pepper, bay leaf, and chopped parsley.
- Pour stock over stew, and then add beer.
- Cover, and bake for 2 hours at 325.
- While the stew is baking, make the dumplings. Mix the flour, baking soda and salt together. Mix the butter in (I melt it first), and then stir in the milk. Batter should be a little bit dry but fluffy.
- Remove from oven and place on stove on medium heat. Stir in remaining 2 t of vinegar. When bubbling, drop dumpling batter by the tablespoon into the stew.
- Cover and simmer 15 minutes.