Cold weather calls for reinforcement: bingewatching favorite TV shows and comforting food AND there is nothing like my father in law’s flemish stew to come home to!
Beef braised in old brown beer, served with fluffy potatoes and pickled mustard seeds and water cress. These last two I learned on my recent trip to Antwerp and it is a REVELATION!
It takes literally minutes to prepare this complex, yet soothing stew and just kick back and relax while cooking alchemy happens. Bonus: your place will smell amazing!
A perfect meal for rainy weekend dinner parties and I have, yet, to meet an adult or kid who does not love it.
Happy stew season! I genuinely hope you guys give this a try.
3 big shallots • 1 kg stew meat • 3 star anise • 3 bay leaves • 2 small bones with marrow roasted in the oven for 30 minutes • 3 tbsp coconut oil • 0,25cl dry white wine • 0,5l dark beer (my favorite options Leffe dark or Ciney) • 0,5l hot water • 3 tbsp maple syrup (or 4 dry plums) • 3 slices dark gluten free bread • 3 tbsp mild mustard • Salt and pepper to taste
Start by cutting the meat in cubes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil and divide meat in two batches.
Fry first batch until golden (3-5 min) in the cooking pot.
Remove it preserving all the juices with it.
Repeat frying with the second batch.
Remove it from the pot and add last tbsp of oil. Do not wash it after frying the meat.
Cut shallots in tiny cubes and add them to the oil together with star anise.
Fry for 5 minutes.
Pour wine over and let it simmer until completely evaporated.
Remove star anise and return meat to the pot.
Add bay leaves and roasted bones.
Smear 1 tbsp of mustard on each slice of the bred.
Add them to the pot.
Season with pepper and add hot water and beer after that.
Bring to a boil and add maple syrup or dry plums cut in small cubes.
Boil covered with the lid for 45 minutes and then uncovered on medium heat for about 1h30 minutes (or until nice thick and shiny).
It is bursting with flavors and I am sure that it will find a way to the table during the festive season.