This time of year, few things are as satisfying as a rich, hearty stew. In our stew recipe we have reinforced the speculaas flavours of the Winter Ale beer with actual speculaas cookies. A perfect example of pairing a beer and cooking with it too.

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Winter Ale Stew with Speculaas


Large knob of butter
750gr boneless beef chuck
1 onion, finely chopped
½ tbsp. tomato puree
1 tsp. mustard
1 or 2 bay leafs
3 allspice berries
50gr speculaas cookies
250ml Lowlander Winter Ale
250ml beef stock
350gr small potatoes, skin on, cut into half
350gr carrot, sliced

This is how you make it

  1. Pat the beef dry and season with the salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven or heavy soup pot, melt the butter.
  2. Brown the meat (in batches if necessary) for about 5 minutes per side until browned. Remove from the pan.
  3. Sauté the onion until soft.
  4. Add the tomato puree, fry for a few minutes on medium heat.
  5. Add the beef with its juices back to the pan, together with the mustard, bay leafs and allspice.
  6. Crumble the speculaas cookies in the pan and cover with the Lowlander Winter Ale and stock. All meat should be covered, if this is not the case add some water.
  7. Cover the pan with a lid, simmer on low heat for 1 hour.
  8. After 1 hour add the potatoes and carrots. Cover and cook until the meat is tender, the broth is thickened and the vegetables are cooked. Taste and season to taste.
  9. Serve with Lowlander Winter Ale.