I've been eating this recipe my whole life because it comes from one of my Mum's favourite cookbooks, she gave me the recipe a couple of years ago and its become a staple winter fave around here...
Cooking time: 2 hours
1 kg of steak: chuck, round or blade (I think blade is best!)
2 tbs butter
2 large onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbs plain flour
1 cup of beer*
1/4 cup hot water
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
pinch of nutmeg
3 tbs brown sugar
finely chopped parsley for garnish
Wipe and trim beef. Cut into cubes and brown in butter; remove to a plate. Reduce heat and saute onion until soft, add garlic and cook a little longer. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Return beef to the pan and pour in beer and water; stir constantly until mixture thickens and just begins to bubble. Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for one and a half hours, until beef is tender. Remove bay leaves, season and sprinkle with parsley.
- I add some parboiled baby potatoes to the pan about hour before eating, and I also throw in frozen peas just before it's ready.
* The beer you use matters! I always use VB (Victorian Bitter), which is generally a horribly bitter tasting beer that I don't like, but when mixed with the ingredients, such as brown sugar, it works perfectly. I've tried a lot of different kinds, it seems the fancier you get, the more you have to add later to correct the taste!
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