Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins
Hearty yet simple recipe! Tender chunks of beef, baby bellas, and carrots in a rich brown gravy simmered with Guinness Extra Stout and red wine, topped with a flaky puff pastry and baked to golden perfection. Heavenly! This is hearty British comfort fare at it's finest! Note: The stew can be made in advance and it actually tastes better the next day. Just reheat before placing it in a casserole and topping with the puff pastry. It can be baked and served in individual casseroles or made in one large one. Adapted from 2 Stews. Serve with mounds of fluffy mashed potatoes and peas and carrots on the side.
- 1 1⁄4 lbs beef chuck, trimmed and cut into one inch cubes (or use lean stewing beef, well trimmed)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced
- 3 -4 carrots, peeled, sliced
- 5 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried herbes de provence or 1 teaspoon equivalent mixture herbs
- 1 cup guinness extra stout beer
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 15 ounces beef broth
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- salt and pepper
- 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed if frozen
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a large dutch oven or heavy pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium high heat.
- Carefully add the beef and sear until it is brown on all sides. Add the chopped onion, mushrooms, and carrots; lower the heat to medium and continue cooking until the onion is translucent and the mushrooms are done.
- Stir in the garlic and cook about a minute more. Add the tomato paste, bay leaves and herbes de Provence, stirring until well blended.
- Pour in the beer, wine, and beef broth, stirring well.
- Cover, reduce heat and simmer for an hour to an hour and a half. The meat should be very tender. Take off the cover and taste for richness. If it needs more flavor and reducing, simmer for a short while longer uncovered.
- In a small bowl, work the flour into the butter to form a ball. Stir the butter/flour mixture well into the simmering stew to thicken. Salt and pepper to taste.
- At this point you may cool the stew and refrigerate to use later. If serving right away spoon into a casserole or casseroles, and top with a layer of puff pastry.
- Cutting the Puff Pastry:.
- Lay a sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Using the lid from your casserole as a template, cut around the puff pastry dough with a knife. Place on top of the casserole before baking.
- Brush the pastry with milk or beaten egg for added color, and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven according to package instructions, or until pastry is golden brown. Serve with vegetables on the side (peas, carrots, and mounds of fluffy mashed potatoes).
- Makes about 6 cups (4-6 servings).