Beautiful Beer Braised Beef

These recipes are the concoctions of (fictitious) cartoon comic chef extraordinaire, Sherri’s neighbor and cooking mentor, Chef Chumley.  Chef and Sherri are happy to bring them to you on Wednesdays and Fridays.


Many enjoy an occasional beer. Others never ever indulge. Whether you ever throw back a few brewskis, or have never felt so inclined, this recipe will make you a fan of the amber brew.

Lesson to be learned: Sometimes we don’t like a particular ingredient in a recipe and then throw that recipe to the side. Well, that ingredient might truly complement and enhance the other ingredients in a recipe to the point that you may find the completed package truly delectable. Don’t judge a recipe by any one particular ingredient! 


Beautiful Beer Braised Beef


Prep time: 40 minutes  •  Cook time: 3-3 1/2 hours • Yields 4-6 Servings

2 lbs beef stew meat
2 Tbsp oil

1 med onion chopped
3 Tbsp flour
1 12 ounce can of beer

1 bay leaf
Sprig of fresh thyme or 1⁄2 tsp dry thyme


Start by seasoning the beef chunks with a good amount of salt and pepper on both sides.

Heat a large skillet on medium. Add oil and place beef in skillet. Do not over crowd the skillet, rather do it in two batches. Brown meat on both sides for about 4-5 minutes on each side. When meat is done, place them in a baking dish. Make sure not to clean skillet. The browning that the meat created will give this dish its flavor. Add chopped onion to the meat residue in the skillet. Stir onions over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.

Add flour and stir for 30 seconds. Add beer and raise heat to high. When beer starts to boil, lower to medium heat. Scrape all brown bits from the bottom of the skillet and stir for about 40 seconds.

Put bay leaf and thyme in the dish with the meat. Then pour beer and onion mix over the meat.

Seal the dish well with foil so that the liquid doesn’t evaporate too much. Bake at 325° for 2 1⁄2-3 hours.


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