Beef in Beer

Well today we had our first sprinkling of snow and so I thought I should dig out a recipe that I hadn’t yet blogged which would be perfect for this weather. It took me a long time to get into using my slow cooker because I wasn’t finding recipes that my family enjoyed. Well here’s one that we all loved. I used the cheapest own brand stewing steak I could buy but you wouldn’t know it because what came out of the slow cooker was succulent and velvety. I found this recipe in my Cookworks slow cooker recipe leaflet and just tweaked it, I think red onions add a lovely sweet caramelised flavour to slow cooked stews and I don’t use anything else now!

What’s your favourite slow cooked dish? If you have one, do leave a link to it in the comments as I really would like to increase my own repertoire and am especially interested in other meats or vegetarian options!

As this dish is made from scratch I am entering it into Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays challenge.

Made with Love Mondays, hosted by Javelin Warrior
I am also entering it into the Herbs on Saturday Challenge hosted  by Karen at Lavender & Lovage.

Start by browning your beef in small batchesThen add your onions & mushrooms (I hadn’t bought mine yet so added towards end).
Then add the flour and cook for 1 minute.
Add the rest of the ingredients and put into slow cooker.
6 – 10 hrs later you have a delicious casserole!
Do serve with mash as it mops up that lovely gravy nicely!
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This casserole is a delicious combination of beef, beer, mushrooms and red onions in a meaty, herby, tomato infused gravy which is perfect for mopping up with mashed potato.
Serves: 4
  • 25g / 1oz Butter
  • 900g / 2lb Stewing steak, trimmed & cubed
  • 3 Red onions (medium) chopped into 6 wedges each
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 150g Button mushrooms
  • 50g / 2oz Plain flour
  • 375ml Beef stock
  • 375ml Brown ale
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 Bouquet garni sachet
  • 2 tbsp Tomato puree
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper
  1. Melt the butter in a large deep non-stick pan.
  2. Fry the steak in batches for 3 – 4 minutes, putting the cooked meat in the crock pot to wait.
  3. Once all the meat is cooked add it back to the pan along with the the onion, garlic and mushrooms and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  4. Then add the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the stock, ale, tomato paste, bouquet garni, bay leaves and seasoning.
  6. Transfer to slow cooker and cook for 6 – 8 hrs on high or 8 – 10 hrs on low.
  7. Serve with mash to mop up the gravy and your favourite veggies!

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  1. Lisa Williams

    whats not to love I especially a fan of anything that can be done in a slow cooker 🙂

  2. Martina Evans

    Fantastic meal! Would love to make my own.

  3. William Gould

    Wife does a similar one to this this in winter – she uses Guinness and never puts garlic in anything though – absolutely fabulous on a cold winters day!

    1. Camilla

      Ooh Guiness must be fab too:-)

  4. Heather Haigh

    Shouldn’t really be the weather for this atm but it has me inclined to get the slow cooker out and indulge in this lovely warming dish

    1. Camilla

      Oh it’s really good, any time of year:-)

  5. Geoffrey Clark

    looks great to start the week

  6. Paul Wilson

    May need this recipe if the weather forecast is anything to go by.

    1. Camilla

      Love this dish, bad weather or not:-)

  7. yolanda davis

    this is the sort of food i love. i cannot wait to try making this myself. thanks for the recipe.

    1. Camilla

      Fab, I haven’t made this for ages but as soon as there is some beer in the house I grab it for this dish:-)

  8. Maya Russell

    A lovely, easy, warming recipe. Can quite easily make it in the slow cooker ready for after work.

  9. Louise Smith

    As my dear old mum always said, “you need something that will stick to your ribs in winter”!

  10. Jane Middleton

    Lovely recipe for the winter months

  11. Paul Wilson

    Looks like a great, warming recipe.

    1. Camilla

      It’s really good – in fact you’ve reminded me I must get some beer so we can have this again:-)

      1. Paul Wilson

        You’re not having my beer! ;O)

        1. Camilla

          Believe me this dish is so worth it and I’m sure there’s enough for a small glass leftover:-)

  12. Anne Dalzell

    Beef and beef. Now that’s a great recipe. Looks warming and yummy.

  13. Andrew Petrie

    I’ve never been mad about cheap stewing steak but the effort you’ve made with the beer, garlic, and herbs make this a very attractive dish for me.

  14. bethslamin

    this looks scrummy I am going to have to try xx

  15. Susie Wilkinson

    That looks gorgeous, beef in the slow cooker is always so tender, and adding the beer makes the gravy really rich, yummy!

    1. Camilla

      It is really good:-)

  16. Gemma Clark

    Slow cooker recipes are the best. I currently have Green Thai chicken curry cooking away nicely in mine for tonight’s tea. I rarely cook without my slow cooker these days!

  17. Ursula Hunt

    I love the combination of Beef and Beer, thank you for another recipe to try

    1. Camilla

      This is a great recipe:-)

  18. Paul Wilson

    This looks a great recipe for this time of year.

    1. Camilla

      Oh yes, it’s one of my favourites which I’d forgotten about:-)

  19. Heather Haigh

    I think I have to have some of this – looks lovely and rich. mmm.

  20. Jules

    I think this may be our dinner on Sunday!

  21. Helen S

    This looks delicious and perfect for the autumn evenings, it looks simple to make too which is perfect for me.

  22. Belinda Matthews

    looks tasty will have to make for my boys

  23. Karen

    The PERFECT dish for a winter’s day, thanks so much for entering it into Herbs on Saturday Camilla!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Karen. As my husband got 12 bottles of beer for Christmas a few might just go missing in the New Year!

  24. Mich - Piece of Cake

    This looks absolutely comforting and delicious! I once made beef in Guinness and it was awesome. Beef and beer do go together.

  25. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    Delicious – I use Guinness for mine and it works a treat. A perfect dish that has comfort written all over it!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacqueline:-) The thermometer has turned to minus outside, so this is definitely the kind of comforting food we need right now! Brr.

  26. Javelin Warrior

    It’s funny that you say it took you a while to start using your slow cooker because I was a lot the same way (and I still honestly use if more for prep than for preparing a finished meal). I love this beef in beer combo and it sounds so tasty. And the gravy! It looks so rich… Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Mark, I do recommend you try it some time but I know how difficult it must be for you with all those lovely recipes that pass through your blog on a daily basis:-)

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