As I gaze out my window, huge snowflakes are falling down, and it always makes me crave hearty “stick to your bones” food. Since today is a Snow Day in teacher land, I have extra time… but usually, with the hustle bustle of life, a pot pie or a stew is just something I don’t have time for! Until now, that is… With a bit of pantry help, and a bit of love from some stout beer, you’d never guess that this beefy, flavorful stew can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. WEEKDAY MAGIC!! It’s time for:
Speedy Stout Beer Beef Stew
1 Package “pot roast” beef chunks (about a pound to a pound and a half- I usually chunk them up a bit more)
1 can of sliced white potatoes, drained
1 can sliced carrots, drained
1 jar of beef gravy (TIME SAVER)
1- 12 ounce stout beer; I used Magic Hat’s Heart of Darkness
1 pre-made pie crust
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp italian seasoning
Heat a skillet to high heat. I like cast iron because it gets screamin’ hot, but hey, that’s just me.
Throw in your beef chunks and season it up with a few cranks of salt and pepper. This is just to sear them and get them a bit brown before tossing into the mix. Once browned- really only a minute will do it, dump them into a bowl or onto a plate… and set them aside. In the same skillet, add 2 tbsp minced garlic, 2 tbsp italian seasoning, and saute for about 2 minutes. Add your drained can of carrots, along with your drained can of sliced potatoes, the jar of beef gravy, and 1/2 of the 12 ounce beer. You can go ahead and drink the rest! Simmer for 5-7 minutes, and toss beef in at the end. Divide among 4 ramekins and top each with 1/4 of the pie crust each. Brush each crust with melted butter, or in my case, spray it with butter flavored cooking spray. (Hey, it was easier!) Pop them into a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let sit for a few minutes, as they will be “burn the roof of your mouth” hot. Sit back, enjoy, and relish in the thought that you still have the rest of the evening to relax… and if you’re lucky… leftovers that will make your colleagues jealous!