Winter Warmers - Bright Sparks Succulent Beef Stew!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020











Let the turkey take a back seat for another few weeks, for there are more mouth-watering, mighty meat dishes to serve up this Winter.

Nothing screams comfort and hearty home-cooked food more than stew.

But this is not your average stew. Oh no. This is something that will knock the novelty Christmas socks off all those who dig in. In fact, one bowl of this and you’ll feel like you’ve just been given a big ol’ homely hug.

In this, our second Winter Warmer recipe, we combine a family favourite with the ‘wow’ factor, creating a simple, smart, succulent one-pot solution to mealtimes.

And we’re serving it up to you at great value too. With Power NI Perks* you’ll be able to save money on all the ingredients at supermarkets like ASDA, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco or Iceland.

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Bright Sparks Succulent Beef Stew!

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Bring on the Beefiest Beef Stew

To beef up your Beef Stew, the addition of rich, thick stout gives it an authentic earthy kick, bringing the big beefy flavour to the fore. So batten down the hatches this winter and get this good old-fashioned dish down the hatch.

For a tea-total version, simply swap the stout for malt extract.

Top facts on Topside

Topside, also known as the rump, is lean, tender and tasty.

Silverside is similar but needs even slower cooking.

Topside is perfectly suited to slow, moist methods of cooking, so it’s the beef of choice for a super stew.

Hot Hacks

As an alternative to Topside beef, you can use diced stewing beef for the same flavoursome results at a lower cost.

While you’re at it, why not double quantities and batch cook? It’s freezer friendly.

Now for the Main Event

Ingredients, utensils and accoutrements at the ready…

Watch our step-by-step video or follow the easy instructions below:



Serves: 4

Ready in: 2hrs 20mins

Prep time: 15 - 20 mins

Cooking time: 2hrs



  • 600g beef topside or small roasting joint
  • 2 tbsp of plain flour
  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, cut into large dice cubes
  • 4 new potatoes, cut into large dice cubes
  • 200ml stout (Guinness Milk Stout)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Large sprig of fresh thyme
  • 600ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp mustard powder
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt & pepper

Dried or fresh, both work best

If using dried herbs, simply double the quantity. You’ll get the same taste overall but fresh has a more dense flavour, so double up on dried for this recipe.


1. Pre-heat the oven to 160C (140C for fan ovens).

2. Trim the fat off the beef and cut into large diced pieces.

3. Put the flower in a mixing bowl. Toss the beef in the flour until evenly coated.

Cook’s caution!!!!

Be accurate with the flour measurement and method otherwise your stew will become too thick.

4. In a large oven proof cooking pot, brown the beef in the oil until a nice golden brown colour.

5. Remove beef from the pot and set aside in a bowl.

6. Add onions to the pot and cook until soft. You may need to add a little extra oil. This should take a couple of minutes.

7. Add the beef back into pot, along with the carrots, bay leaf, thyme and stir.

8. Pour in the stout, vegetable stock & bring to boil.

Beef Stew, who knew?

Mix a tbsp of stock with mustard powder before adding to the stew to avoid it going lumpy.

9. Add the potatoes and mustard and stir. Season with salt and pepper.

10. Place the lid on the pot and place in a pre-heated oven at 160C (140C for fan ovens) for 2 hours.

11. Season well with salt and pepper and add parsley.



Cook’s Tip

Each week, we’ll share an insider secret or two from chef Jeffers at Forrest Side Cookery school, on how you can make your dishes more divine, in less time, with less hassle.

  • Don’t have an oven proof cooking pot? Don’t worry. Just use a casserole dish and cover with tin foil
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