Forget boring water in this beef
stew recipe! Use beer, instead...
3 1/4 pounds beef rump or chuck roast
4 tablespoons cooking oil
2 slices bacon; diced
3 pounds onions; thinly sliced
1 cup beef broth; (canned is ok)
1 pint beer; more if needed later
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons parsley; chopped
1 each bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoons salt
4-5 grinds pepper
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons tarragon vinegar*
6-8 medium potatoes; boiled, halved, peeled
1/4 cup chopped parsley for garnish; up to 1/2
Trim meat and cut into 3/4x2x4 inch
pieces; brown in oil. Reduce heat and cook bacon
until barely crisp and not too brown. Saute onions
until limp and golden. Add broth, beer, sugar,
and seasonings, up to the cornstarch. Simmer, covered,
1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours until meat is tender (rump
takes longer.) Add more beer, if needed during
cooking. Degrease the stew and
check seasonings. Mix cornstarch and vinegar and
add to the stew. Cook 10 minutes until thickened.
Add potatoes, garnish with parsley.
*1/8 teaspoon dried tarragon and
3 tablespoons cider vinegar is an acceptable substitute
if you don't have tarragon vinegar available.