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Drunken Slowcooker Beef Stew
Jan 22, 2019 23:07:51   #
AuntiE Loc: 46th Least Free State

12 SERVINGS prep time 10 MINS cook time 8 HRS 10 MINS total time 8 HRS 20 MINS

This slow cooker beef stew is made with Belgium beer and served over buttery egg noodles or mashed potatoes! The ultimate comfort food!

calories: 370 KCAL

2 Tbsp olive oil
3-4 lbs boneless beef chuck roast (I usually use the English cut that's flat), cut into 1-2" pieces
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2-3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cup beef broth
2 large yellow onions, sliced in half, then sliced into thin strips
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 Tbsp beef base
12 oz dark beer (brown ale is best)
1 Tbsp whole grain dijon mustard
4 sprigs fresh thyme (can substitute with 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
2 bay leaves
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour + 3-4 Tbsp beef broth
12 oz extra wide egg noodles
minced fresh parsley, for garnish


Season beef pieces with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour. Heat a large skillet (cast iron works super well here - or heat your cast aluminum slow cooker insert if you have one) over MED HIGH heat with olive oil. Shake off excess flour and brown beef in batches (don't overcrowd the pan) for several minutes, until you get a golden brown crust on all sides. Remove beef to plate, and continue with all batches.
When all beef is browned, add beef broth to skillet and use a wooden spoon to gently loosen the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
To bottom of a 6 quart slow cooker, add sliced onions, minced garlic, beef base, beer, and mustard. Stir together, then pour in beef broth from skillet. Top that with browned beef, thyme sprigs and bay leaves.
Cover slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
About 20-30 minutes before serving, bring a big pot of water to a boil for the egg noodles. Mix 2 Tbsp flour and 3-4 Tbsp beef broth until no lumps remain. Stir into beef stew in slow cooker. Increase heat to HIGH and cook uncovered for 10-15 minutes.
Add egg noodles to boiling water and cook according to package directions. Drain and toss with a bit of olive oil or butter to prevent sticking, and a pinch of minced parsley.
To serve, add some egg noodles to bowl or plate. Top with a few ladles of beef carbonnade and sprinkle with some more minced parsley. Alternatively, add egg noodles to slow cooker and stir it all together, then ladle the egg noodle/beef stew mixture into bowls or onto plates.

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