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Flemish Beef Stew

91 Reviews
85% would make this recipe again

Beef stewed in beer with onions, brown sugar, and herbs.

This is the national Belgian dish. In some regions, bread spread with mustard is added towards the end of the cooking to give a special texture to the sauce. Rodenbach red beer is traditionally used in this recipe but any good red beer will do (possibly from Belgium).

Preparation : 15 min Cooking : 2 h 30 min
380 calories/serving
  • Can be done in advance
  • Can be frozen
  • Easy
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Diabetes-friendly

Ingredients

800 g blade pot roast, cut into cubes
1 tbsp butter, unsalted 14 g
1 tbsp canola oil 15 mL
1 1/2 onions, finely chopped 300 g
2 tbsp white flour (all purpose) 16 g
1 1/3 cup beer 330 mL
2 bay leaf 0.4 g
1 sprig rosemary, fresh 5 g
1/2 tbsp brown sugar 6 g
1/2 tbsp wine vinegar 8 mL
1 rutabagas, peeled and cut into large pieces 150 g
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces 400 g
salt [optional]
ground pepper to taste [optional]

Before you start

A baking or casserole dish with a tight-fitting lid is necessary for this recipe.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC/325ºF.
  2. Cut the beef into large cubes, about 4 cm, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Finely chop the onions.
  3. Heat the butter and oil in a casserole dish over high heat. Add the beef cubes in batches, turning them until dark brown on all sides, 5-7 min. Take the cubes out of the casserole using a slotted spoon, then transfer them to a plate.
  4. Add the onions and sauté over medium heat about 5 min, then add the flour and cook 1-2 min with stirring. Pour in the beer, then put the meat back into the casserole. Add the bay leaves, rosemary, brown sugar, and vinegar. Pour in some water if necessary to cover the meat. Cover and cook 2 h in the middle of the oven, until the meat is tender.
  5. During this time, prepare the vegetables : peel them and cut into large chunks then add them to the casserole. Pour in some warm water if too dry. Season with salt, cover and continue to cook an additional 20-25 min until the vegetables are tender. Serve.

Remarks

This stew can be made a few days ahead and reheated over moderate heat.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 Serving (340g)

Amount

% Daily Value

Calories

380

Fat

13 g

20 %

Saturated 4.8 g
+ Trans 0.4 g

26 %

Cholesterol

70 mg

Sodium

60 mg

3 %

Carbohydrate

33 g

11 %

Fibre

4 g

14 %

Sugars

6 g

Protein

28 g

Vitamin A

2 %

Vitamin C

39 %

Calcium

5 %

Iron

23 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : 2 servings
Grain Products : ¼ serving
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : 1 serving

Claims

This recipe is :
Low  :
Sodium
Source of  :
Fibre, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K
Good source of  :
Copper, Folacin, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C
Excellent source of  :
Niacin, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Zinc

DIABETES Exchange

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 1
Vegetables 1 ½
Meat and Alternatives 3
Fats 2 ½
Other Foods 0

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91 Reviews (88 with rating only ) 85% would make this recipe again
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bbroyles@shaw.ca
april 13, 2014 | I would make this recipe again

This was really good. I did it on stove top this time. I am going to adjust it for the slow cooker.

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mgreen
september 30, 2010

The vegetables take at least an hour to cook, i would put them in at the same time as the meat the next time. We were all really hungry and grumpy by the time it was cooked....

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marinellakanellos
january 10, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

Easy and delicious. Amazing combination of flavors! I cooked it a little longer in a covered pot on the stove instead of the oven. I added a carrot to give it more color and increased the quantity of potatoes (since they tend to cook faster and dissolve a bit). Everyone loved it.

Useful 4

This recipe is in the following categories

Beef | Main courses/Entrées | High Iron | Low Sodium | Diabetes-friendly | Braise/Stew | Belgian

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marinellakanellos
january 10, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

Easy and delicious. Amazing combination of flavors! I cooked it a little longer in a covered pot on the stove instead of the oven. I added a carrot to give it more color and increased the quantity of potatoes (since they tend to cook faster and dissolve a bit). Everyone loved it.

Useful 4
mgreen
september 30, 2010

The vegetables take at least an hour to cook, i would put them in at the same time as the meat the next time. We were all really hungry and grumpy by the time it was cooked....

Useful 2
bbroyles@shaw.ca
april 13, 2014 | I would make this recipe again

This was really good. I did it on stove top this time. I am going to adjust it for the slow cooker.

Useful 0