Fall is all around us now. The hills are covered in colour as the trees turn red and yellow. There is a nip in the air in the mornings. Time has come for some warm comfort food. In my home, growing up, it was always a hearty stew with fresh bread that signaled the start of Autumn.
Of course, I grew up in the Yukon so Fall started much sooner than it does down in the sunny climes of the Creston Valley. Still it was time.
I started out with fresh vegetables from the local market. Nothing fancy just carrots, potatoes, onion and zucchini.
I also wanted to use a local brew in my concoction and chose a dark ale made at the Nelson Brewery.
Here’s how it was done.
KOOTENAY BREW STEW
500 g quality diced stewing beef
1/2 large onion
1 small-med zucchini
1 can dark ale
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp steak spice
1 tsp sea salt
pepper to taste
2 tbsp. oil
2 tbsp. flour
Oven – 350 for 2-3 hours
In a heavy cast iron pot, brown the stew meat in oil. and add seasonings. You can add the flour two different ways, either way works. You can add it directly to the oil , meat and seasonings, or mix/shake in a tightly closed container with 1/4-1/2 cup water and stir in. after you have added the beer.
Chop your veggies in chunks of a size that will fit on a spoon and add to the pot **except the zucchini. Poor in a full can of dark beer. If a little short of liquid you can add a 1/2 cup more of water.
Cook for appx 3 hours. removing the lid for the final half hour. The **zucchini should be added at this point and stirred in. Water can also be added at this time if the stew is getting too thick, 1/2-1 cup more. Check to see if you need to add a bit more salt or pepper. When your stew is done the meat should be tender and very tasty.
Serve with fresh sourdough bread.
What is your favourite Fall food or comfort food?