One of the most comforting dishes that you can make with minimum fuss and effort is a slow cooked beef stew. This dish, which has roots in the North of England is really easy to make and is very wholesome and nutritious.
If you want to take it up a notch, rather than serve it as a stew, you can also make Yorkshire Puddings or use the stew as a filling for a delicious pie.
All you need is any cut of beef which you will proceed to trim of any fat and gristle. Cut it up into bit size strips or mouthfuls and put it into a bowl with some salt and pepper, a lug of olive oil and your favorite herbs such as rosemary or thyme. Get your hands in there and massage the meat and let it sit for a couple of hours to absorb all the amazing flavors.
While that is happening, cut up any veg that you like. Carrots, parsnips, sprouts… literally anything will do, just take all your leftover bit of beg out of the fridge and stick them in a big old pot. For extra flavor, you can boil up some vegetable or meat stock and, dump all the vegetables in there and let them soak up all the goodness. If you are that way inclined, you can also add some gravy mix or some Bovril or Marmite to give it that extra meaty taste.
Once the veggies have soaked up a good amount of the stock, it’s time to get your biggest casserole dish out and mix them in with the strips of meat that you have on the side. And then it’s time for the secret ingredient… Guinness or any other type of stout. Some people prefer to use Bitter Ale and you can also replace that with a decent red wine if that is what you prefer. Put it on a very low heat and let it simmer until the meat can be cut with the blunt end of a fork. Beef stew at its finest!