Beef, Beer, and Vegetable Stew

12
10
10
Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 32 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
1 hr 17 min
Serves
2
Difficulty
Moderate
Dark beer adds rich color and flavor to this comforting stew, which, like many stews, lends its easily doubled.

Ingredients

uncooked lean beef round

16 oz, top, trimmed of all visible fat and cut into 3/4-inch chunks (1 pound)

all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp

paprika

1 tsp

table salt

½ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

canola oil

2 tsp

uncooked red onion(s)

1 large, chopped

garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), minced

canned beef broth

1 cup(s), low sodium

beer

6 fl oz, dark, such as stout or Guinness

uncooked carrot(s)

5 medium, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

uncooked parsnip(s)

1 medium, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

uncooked string beans

½ pound(s), fresh, trimmed and halved

fresh thyme

1½ tsp, fresh, chopped, or 1/2 teaspoon dried

Instructions

  1. Put the beef, flour, paprika, salt, and pepper in a zip-close plastic bag. Shake the bag until the beef is evenly coated with the flour mixture.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a nonstick Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add half of the beef and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer the beef to a plate. Repeat with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and the beef.
  3. Add the onion and garlic to the pot. Cook, stirring frequently and scraping up the browned bits with a wooden spoon, until softened, about 5 minutes. Return the beef to the pot.
  4. Stir in the broth, beer, carrots, and parsnip; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, about 1 hour. Stir in the green beans. Simmer, covered, until the beef and vegetables are fork-tender, about 15 minutes longer.
  5. Spoon half of the stew (about 2 1/2 cups) into a container and refrigerate, covered, for up to 3 days for later use. Stir the thyme into the remaining stew and simmer 2 minutes. Yields 1 1/4 cups per serving.

Notes

You can either refrigerate or freeze the extra stew for another day and simply serve it again, or transform it into our comforting Beef and Noodle Bake. If you like, serve with a 1-ounce slice of crusty peasant bread. This will increase the SmartPoints value.

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