We're now officially over half way through winter and we are easing the winter bite with delicious dishes like this delicious beef, mushroom and Guinness stew.
My family loves stew! It's a wonderfully versatile dish that I know Lexi will always eat. In fact, stew has become a broad term that includes many different soups too. I know that if I call something stew Lexi will not only eat it, but enjoy it.
Lexi is a great lover of mushroom and so a stew with mushroom is her idea of food heaven! So it goes without saying that this beef, mushroom and Guinness stew, sent to us by The South African Mushroom Farmers' Association, is her new favourite dish.
Healing Herbs & Mushrooms
For centuries people have been using culinary herbs to season their food, but also for their medicinal properties. Combined with the superpowers of mushrooms, and their incredible umami, dishes like this beef, mushroom and Guinness stew can be incredibly healing and delicious.
This beef, mushroom and Guinness stew has a bouquet of garni. If you're not aware, a classic garni bouquet is three sprigs of parsley, one sprig of thyme, and one bay leaf.
Parley is rich in flavonoids, carotenoids, and vitamin c, some of the most powerful antioxidants. Studies show that diets rich in flavonoids may lower your risk of conditions, including colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Furthermore, beta carotene and lutein are two antioxidants known as carotenoids. Many studies associate higher intake of carotenoids with a reduced risk of certain diseases, including lung cancer. Vitamin C also has strong antioxidant effects and plays an important role in supporting immune health and protecting against chronic disease.
Thyme is one of the most underrated immune boosters. Getting all the vitamins your body needs every day, from food sources, can be challenging. Luckily, thyme is packed with vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin A. If you feel a cold coming on, thyme can help get you back in good health. It’s also a good source of copper, fiber, iron, and manganese.
One study (6) found that a combination of thyme and ivy leaves helped to alleviate coughing and other symptoms of acute bronchitis.
Beef, Mushroom and Guinness Stew
In winter I love preparing a stew early in the day and filling the house with the wonderful aromas. It gets everyone's appetites going so that they're hungry come dinner time.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 2½ hours
4 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs flour
900g stewing steak, cut into chunks
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
150g bacon, cubed
400ml beef stock
1 bouquet garni*
300g shallots or baby onions, peeled
250g button mushrooms
Heat the oven to 150°C.
Heat 3 Tbs oil in a heavy-based pan.
Season the flour well and use to coat the beef.
Fry in small batches until browned all over.
Transfer to a casserole dish.
Fry the sliced onion with the garlic and bacon until the bacon is crisp and the onion and garlic soft, then add to the casserole.
Pour in Guinness and stock; add the bouquet garni.
Cover and cook in the oven for 1½ hrs.
Heat the remaining oil and gently fry the shallots or baby onions and button mushrooms until they colour.
Add to the casserole and cook for another hour.
*bouquet garni = 3 sprigs of parsley, 1 sprig of thyme, and 1 bay leaf
DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by The South African Mushroom Farmers' Association. The South African Mushroom Farmers' Association provided me with this recipes and associated images. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the developing company, and / or its affiliates, in any way. The fact is, I'm crazy about mushrooms, and want to shout it from the rooftops anyway.
Dietary Flavonoids and the Risk of Colorectal Cancer: An Updated Meta-Analysis of Epidemiological Studies https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30041489/
Dietary Flavonoids Intake and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: A Meta-Analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23591151/
Flavonoid Intake and Risk of CVD: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Prospective Cohort Studieshttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23953879/
Potential Role of Carotenoids as Antioxidants in Human Health and Disease https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24473231/
Vitamin C in Disease Prevention and Cure: An Overviewhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3783921/
Efficacy and Tolerability of a Fluid Extract Combination of Thyme Herb and Ivy Leaves and Matched Placebo in Adults Suffering From Acute Bronchitis With Productive Cough. A Prospective, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17063641/