Den's Stew

ali Bresnahan


The secret ingredient (which you can't taste): BEER!
This is my husband Dennis' favorite meal. he would eat it happily as often as i would make it.
It came from an old cookbook of mine called "Cooking with Style," by Charlotte Adams.


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1 Hr 20 Min


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  • 6 slice
    bacon (cut into 1" pieces)
  • 1 1/2 lb
    top round steak, cut into 1" pieces)
  • 1/2
    green pepper, cubed (**note: also use 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into strips)
  • 1 medium
    onion, sliced
  • 15 or so
    cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 c
    beef stock (or beef bouillon) (or canned beef broth)
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    chili powder
  • ·
    fresh ground pepper
  • 6 large
    mushrooms, halved
  • 1 can(s)
    beer (tall can )
  • 2 Tbsp
    cornstarch (to thicken), along with
  • 2 Tbsp
    red wine vinegar

How to Make Den's Stew


  1. Assemble all ingredients. Makes everything go much smoother. PREP: wash veggies (green pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms).
    Cut up bacon, meat, pepper, onion; half the mushrooms.
  2. PREP: wash veggies (green and red pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms). Fry bacon, remove when crisp and set aside on paper towel.
  3. Brown meat (well) in bacon fat over high heat and remove from pan.
  4. Reduce heat in pan to very low, and add green pepper and onions. Simmer 5 minutes.
  5. Put meat back into pan, with any juice which may have escaped from it. Stir in mushroom halves.
  6. Add: tomatoes, beef stock, sugar, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Cover with beer. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and simmer one hour.
  7. Add the saved crispy bacon. Simmer 15 minutes longer.
  8. Mix cornstarch with vinegar, and add to stew to thicken sauce.
  9. Serve with rice. YUMM.

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About Den's Stew

Course/Dish: Beef

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