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Beef Stroganoff with Ale

EAT, family meals By November 14, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Remember the 70’s?  Stroganoff and egg noodles, baby!  Prepare this one while listening to disco, and make sure you explain 70’s fashion to your kids.  (With the intention of them never wanting to wear bell bottoms or anything orange and brown.)   Don’t worry.  We won’t ever share recipes involving sweet potatoes and marshmallows.

Sear the stewing steak (brown it in a pan).  Remove from pan.  Sautee chopped onion and sliced green and red peppers (and mushrooms if you like).  Once onions transluscent, return beef to pot.  Add 1 T. paprika, 1 T. mustard (dijon), 2 pints (cans) of ale (best are cream ales like Kilkenny, Caffreys, Boddingtons) and 1 pint beef stock.  Bring to boil.  Add a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.  Reduce to very low heat.  Add in sliced mushrooms, and optional: tomato puree (1 can).  Simmer 2 hours (until it tastes sweet), remove lid to reduce sauce to desired consistency.  Just before serving, you may optionally add 1 cup whipping cream.  Serve over tagliatelle or rice.


Ale Cottage Pie

EAT, family meals By November 14, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Apparently since 1885 in England, when the first mention of this dish hit literature, Ale Cottage Pie has been used to describe a beef dish covered in potato, whereas Shepherd’s Pie would contain lamb instead. (Shepherds care for sheep, not cattle).  The addition of a dark ale enhances the flavours and adds depth to this simple, kid-friendly dish.

Sautee a diced onion and garlic until translucent.  Add ground beef.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Brown the meat.  Drain fat off.  Return to pan.  Continue to brown.  Add mustard ( 2T) and dashes of worstershire sauce..  Put in 2 pints of beer, 1 pint water (beef stock), bring to boil.  REduce heat.  Simmer, uncovered.  Allow to reduce down at least an hour at a simmer.  Transfer to Shephard’s Pie dish.  Allow to cool.  Add mashed potato.  While boiling, put whole garlic cloves in the water – garlic will turn sweet when you boil.  Add Salt, pepper, grated parmesan, butter and cream.  Sprinkle salt on top.  Score with fork. Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 30-40 mins until golden brown.  Rest 10 minutes.