Beef , Barley & Ale Stew

Beef Barley and Ale Stew

Sometime you want something with plenty of laters and slow cooking ,thankfully our overflowing freezer steps in when time is short,  I feel desperately organised getting a lump of brown something or other out in the morning to find by the evening it has defrosted to reveal a delicious ste.

One night this week a  beef and ale stew revealed itself. Thankfully stew only seems to improve with age often better the day after cooking . Here served poured over some sauteed kale, nuggets of barley soaked in meaty gravy,  it had me licking my lips and rolling my finger around the bowl.

Beef , Barley &  Ale Stew

400g of Beef Brisket chopped into cubes
3 medium carrots roughly chopped
1 large onion roughly chopped
1 large leek
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 bay leaf
500ml dark ale
1 pint of beef stock
Dash of worcesterhire sauce
Several handfuls of pear barley
2 bays leaves
1 sprig of rosemary
Salt and Pepper

  1. Season the beef with salt and pepper
  2. In a heavy bottomed casserole dish, fry the beef in a little oil until brown.
  3. Add the onion , garlic and carrots. Cook until beginning to soften
  4. Pour in the ale , stock and barley
  5. Bring to a gentle simmer and add the herbs and worcestershire sauce
  6. Cover and place the stew into the oven at 160degC for two hours until the meat is tender.
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5 Responses to Beef , Barley & Ale Stew

  1. Heather says:

    This sounds delicious! 🙂

  2. tom says:

    It’s cold here in WV & I stumbled upon your blog looking for something to do with Lemon Mustard, I have a ton of it. I have you bookmarked & will try some of your recipes.

    Two hour commute, I do not miss that one bit!

    Great pix & yummy words!!


  3. Frances says:

    all of your recipes are exactly the sort of food i want to be eating right now. you’re making me hungry.

  4. Nora says:

    Yum, that looks so perfect for this chilly weather. It’s warming me up just looking at it! And I bet you need it after a two hour commute – that sounds like a killer.

  5. david says:

    Who needs cold weather for this. It’s 25 celcius outside here in Sydney, and this is just what I am looking for.

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