Beef and ale stew


1 tbsp light olive oil
2 onions, chopped
500g Cooks’ Ingredients casserole vegetables
2 tbsp tomato purée
700g essential Waitrose British beef diced braising steak, trimmed of fat
4 tbsp plain flour
2 sprigs rosemary
2 bay leaves
500ml dark ale
250ml Cooks’ Ingredients beef stock
2 tsp essential Waitrose redcurrant jelly
480g steamed green vegetables,to serve
600g boiled new potatoes, to serve


1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC, gas mark 4. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof casserole dish, add the onions and fry over a medium heat for about 5 minutes or until softened and lightly browned.

2. Add the casserole vegetables and cook for another 5-8 minutes or until slightly softened. Stir in the tomato purée and cook for 1 minute.

3. Place the beef in a large bowl and season with freshly ground black pepper. Add the flour and toss to coat. Add the beef to the pan with the vegetables and stir well.

4. Add the rosemary, bay leaves, ale and stock, stir well and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 1½ hours or until the beef and vegetables are tender

5. Stir in the redcurrant jelly and remove the rosemary sprigs. Serve the stew with the steamed green vegetables and boiled new potatoes.

Cook’s tip

A meat stew is the type of dish that can easily be prepared ahead of time. Make the day before and leave overnight in the fridge for the flavours to develop. Alternatively, make a double batch and freeze half for dinner one night next week. To transform your beef & ale stew into beef bourguignon, swap the ale for 250ml red wine and 250ml water. Add 250g closed cup chestnut mushrooms (whole) for the last 30 minutes of cooking.

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 105 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 55 minutes 60 minutes 55 minutes

Serves: 6

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1824.224kJ
Fat 14.8g
Saturated Fat 5.5g
Carbohydrate 44.6g
Sugars 15.8g
Salt 0.5g

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This recipe was first published in Wed Jan 23 14:41:00 GMT 2013.