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Beef and Ale Stew

From the book Jamie’s Food Revolution by
Serves 4 to 6


You are going to love this slow-cooked stew recipe, because it’s so simple and gives consistently good results. It’s a good idea to stick to the meat and booze combinations I’ve given you, but if you want to pick and mix the herbage feel free! Meat should be cut into approximately ¾-inch cubes and packages from most grocery stores are often about that size.

In stew recipes you’re often told to brown off the meat first. But I’ve done loads of tests and found the meat is just delicious and tender without browning it first, so I’ve removed this usual stage from these recipes.


2 stalks celery
2 medium onions
2 carrots
~ Olive oil
1 heaped tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 lb. diced stewing beef
2 cups brown ale, Guinness, or stout
1 (14-ounce) can of diced tomatoes
~ Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
3 fresh or dried bay leaves


  1. If using the oven to cook your stew, preheat it to 350 degrees.
  2. Trim the ends off your celery and roughly chop the stalks. Peel and roughly chop the onions. Peel the carrots, slice lengthways, and roughly chop.
  3. Put a Dutch oven on a medium heat. Put all the vegetables and bay leaves into the pan with 2 glugs of olive oil and fry for 10 minutes. Add your meat and flour. Pour in the booze and canned tomatoes. Give it a good stir, then season with a teaspoon of sea salt (less if using table salt) and few grinds of pepper. Bring to a boil, put the lid on, and either simmer slowly on your cooktop or cook in an oven for three hours.
  4. Remove the lid for the final half hour of simmering or cooking and add a splash of water if it looks a bit dry. When done, your meat should be tender and delicious. Remove any bay leaves before serving, and taste it to see if it needs a bit more salt and pepper.

This content is from the book Jamie’s Food Revolution by Jamie Oliver.

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1. by Gabriella Martin on Mar 28, 2010 at 12:55 PM PDT

OK--I doubled this and used a lovely porter (16.9 oz) and Sam Adams Winter Ale (12 oz) and it was a bit heavy on the Beer side. Those are both pretty hearty tho and now that it is simmering the Beer flavor seems to be mellowing. Also added some Jameson’s Beef Stock paste and a bit of Worchestershire sauce(a few shakes--maybe a tlbsp). I may add just a touch of sugar as it seems a hint bitter to me (from the beer). Smells wonderful and hubby is buzzing arount the kitchen sniffing appreciatively.

2. by anonymous on Dec 31, 2010 at 12:34 AM PST

I put a whole bottle of brown ale in this one and then added some pearl barley about 20 mins from the end and it turned out great. The barley soaks up the extra beer and adds a bit of texture to the sauce.

3. by anonymous on Sep 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM PDT
Rating: five

This is another favourite at our house. Since having to go GF I’ve had to make some substitutions. Here they are for others who love this recipe...use a high quality GF all-purpose flour instead AND I also substituted Bard’s GF Beer for the one suggested in the recipe with great results. Love your recipes, Jamie!!!

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