Fall-apart slow-cooker beef brisket and ale casserole
Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a beef casserole, and as it's such a crowd-pleaser it's great to cook for the whole family, or make enough that you can squirrel some portions away in the freezer for another day.
I love a basic beef casserole just made with beef stock, but honestly I think that when it's made with ale, guinness or red wine it just makes it so much more delicious that it's well worth it.
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Beef and Guinness stew
There's little that can get me more excited than a proper plate of beef and Guinness stew! There's just something about it- it's the perfect comfort food as far as I am concerned. Now for me, following Slimming World, it really is worth using those few syns up to cook this in the Guinness, as it makes such a gorgeous meal, but if you wanted to keep it syn free you could cook it just with beef stock, or with the fabulous red-wine stock pots that you can get from Tesco.
Rosemary and garlic beef stew
In 2001 my Grandma sent me a slow-cooker in the post to my university house- she obviously thought it was a kitchen essential, and remembered that my very favourite of all the meals that she cooked was her steak pie, which had a gorgeous filling made in the slow cooker. It came with a little booklet, and the very first recipe in it was a beef and ale stew. I don't think I ever made it past that page in the book as it was so good I didn't cook anything else in the slow cooker for years!
Tender beef and ale stew
When I was 21 I got a surprise package on my doorstep, and it was a slow cooker. There was no 'from' message, but I soon figured out that it was my lovely Grandma who had sent it to me. The very first thing that I cooked in it was beef and ale stew, and I would definitely say that over the years it is the thing that I have cooked in it the most frequently. It's just simple, tasty comfort food, and the slow cooker will turn the toughest of beef into melt-in-your mouth tenderness.