Ok I know it’s an odd title but in reality that’s what it was, ale-less. Well in the real ale sense. I love my slow cooker and any meat tastes amazing after spending 6-8hrs in there.

Beef and Ale “stew” without the ale came about as I was wandering round the supermarket. I spotted a packet mis for a beef and ale stew and also a jar of mushroom and ale sauce. I didn’t want to put ale in it so just used the packet and the jar, it had the smell and a slight flavour, but it wasn’t overpowered with ale.

Beef and Ale

Ingredients:-

2 packets of cubed stewing beef (500g each I think)
2 medium onions, chopped,
500g mushrooms, chopped, I left them quite big so you could still taste them.
1 jar of mushroom and Ale sauce (Tesco)
1 packet of slow cooker beef and ale mix
Pepper to taste.
3 cloves of garlic, crushed.

Beef and Ale

Method.

Put everything into the slow cooker. I set it on high for an hour then turned it down to low for 5hrs.
I was a little worried the meat wouldn’t be as tender as I wanted it to be, but I needn’t have worried. It was melt in the mouth.

Beef and Ale

I served it with brown rice and as per usual, I have bagged up the rest and put it into the freezer. You can serve it with jacket potatoes, mashed spuds, pasta, rice, couscous, whatever you fancy.

It’s homely and hearty, but very healthy in it’s own way. Beef and Ale “stew” is perfect for a winters day.

Disclosure:- I purchased the meat using vouchers sent by Tesco’s Orchard programme, but wasn’t asked to write this post.

Westin Gourmet

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