Beef stew

This hearty dish will warm your tummies up on a cold fall evening.

Ingredients

2 lbs beef cubes

1 onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup stout beer

1 cup beef stock

2 tbsp worcestershire

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp roasted garlic powder

1 tsp herbe de provence

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes

3 carrots, sliced into 1 inch rounds

2 celery stalks, cut into 1 inch chunks

2 tbsp flour

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

Parsley to garnish

Instructions

- First prepare all your ingredients. Cut all the vegetables, mix your spices together, mix your tomato paste and worcestershire sauce together, and pour your stock and beer together.

Cook's tip: You can always just throw the beef in the crockpot, but by doing the next step, you are adding a depth of flavor and coloring on the beef you normally wouldn't see.

- Place a large pan on a medium-high heat with some oil and brown your beef pieces. Once all browned, place the beef in the slow cooker and deglaze (pour some - roughly ¼ cup - beer and stock in the pan and get all those nice crusty bits off the bottom of the pan).

- Pour the deglazed mixture back with your beer and stock mix.

- Place all your vegetables with the beef in the slow cooker.

- Add your seasonings and the Worcestershire/tomato paste mix. Stir it all together so it coats the vegetables and beef.

- Pour in the beer/stock mix and set the temperature to low for 8 hours.

- After 8 hours, melt your butter and add your flour. Mix them together and then into your stew. Set the slow cooker to high and in 20-30 minutes, it should thicken up to a nice consistency.

- Place on warm and add your red wine vinegar and mix. Let it sit on the warm setting for a few minutes.

Cook's tip: If you don't have red wine vinegar, you can substitute with half a lemon. This injection of acid at the end is meant to brighten up the dish.

- Taste, season and serve with some fresh parsley on top and some nice bread.

- Enjoy!

My name is Daniel Vanson and at A Canadians Cooking I share my love and knowledge of food. I am all about making what looks hard a little more simple for people and families to try new things in the kitchen.

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