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Beer-Braised Beef

I modified the ingredients in this main dish to suit my family's tastes. It’s quick to put together in the morning, and at the end of the day, all that's left to do is cook the noodles and eat! This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to serve a large crowd. —Geri Faustich, Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Hot cooked noodles

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain, discarding drippings. Sprinkle beef with pepper and salt. In the same skillet, brown beef in oil in batches; drain.
  • Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the bacon, onion, garlic and bay leaf. In a small bowl, combine the beer, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and thyme. Pour over beef mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-1/2 to 6 hours or until meat is tender.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour and water until smooth. Gradually stir into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf. Serve beef with noodles.
    Freeze option: After discarding bay leaf, freeze cooled stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add broth or water if necessary. Serve with noodles.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 246 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 313mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat.

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