coca cola beef stew
Sometimes I think I wait the whole year for autumn - my favourite season - just to make autumnal and winter warming food. We love stews, soups and curries in this house. And if we could, we'd have them everyday!
This beef stew is a family favourite - sometimes made with dark Belgian beer, red wine or like yesterday, cola. Using the tougher cut of beef, thoroughly season and brown to consolidate all the flavours and leave to simmer with carrots, celery and leek. Last night we had it with buttery melt in the mouth mashed potato - another autumnal/winter favourite. But today for lunch to make a somewhat lighter meal, served with freshly baked rolls.
Coca cola beef stew
1.3kg stewing beef
1 cup (250ml) coca cola
2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
celery, leek and carrots - chopped
3 garlic - crushed
herbs from the garden - I used thyme, rosemary, bay and oregano
1 tsp chili powder
beef stock or water - enough to cover the beef and vegetable
vegetable oil, butter, salt and pepper
1. IN a pot - I used my Le Creuset - heat some some vegetable oil and butter.
2. Season the beef lightly with salt and black pepper. You can cover the beef in flour if you like but I prefer not to.
3. Brown the beef thoroughly in batches - not crowding the pan.
4. Set the browned beef aside and add coca cola into the potand deglaze. Let boil and add in the Worcestershire sauce. Season and taste.
5. Add in the garlic, chopped vegetables, herbs and chili powder. Let simmer for a minute.
6. Add in the beef. Stir the beef and vegetable together.
7. Add beef stock or water and a bit more cola if you like to cover the beef and vegetable - the amount is depending on the size of your pot.
8. Lower the heat, close the lid and leave to simmer for at least 2 hours or until the meat soften and melting in the mouth.
9. Serve with mash, rolls, more butter and vegetable or salad of your choice.