Sunday, January 23, 2011

Heineken Sweet Potato Stew

This is one of my husband's original recipes.  While not a cheap recipe to make, you will not be disappointed!  This stew is rich in flavour and high in vitamins.  It will warm you up on a cold day from the inside out.  This recipe makes about 12 cups and freezes really well.  Since the alcohol boils off during the cooking process, this stew is safe for all ages.  :) 

- 1 lb of your favourite beef (we usually use tenderloin or other cuts of steak)
- 4 - 900 ml containers of beef broth
- 1 bottle of Heineken Beer
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large sweet potato
- 3-4 medium potatoes
- 1/2 medium turnip
- 1 large carrot
- 1 large parsnip
- 2 medium onion
- 2 bay leafs

- You can also add any other 'root' vegetable you like

Flour mixture to coat beef
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp each granulated garlic, pepper
- 1/2 tsp each basil, oregano, rosemary


Chop the sweet potato into small cubes and set aside. 

 Chop the rest of the vegetables (potatoes, turnip, carrot, parsnips, onions) into bite sized cubes and combine in large bowl and set aside.

Chop meat into bite sized cubes and set aside in a separate bowl.

Flour Mixture

Combine flour and spices (granulated garlic, pepper, basil, oregano, rosemary).  Set aside.

Combine 3 of the broths and bring to a boil over high heat. 

Add the sweet potatoes and bring back to a boil stirring often.   Once it’s at a boil, reduce heat to medium high and cook for 15-25 minutes, continuing to stir often.


Once the sweet potatoes become soft, start breaking down the pieces with a whisk.  As the sweet potatoes break down, they will begin to melt and become part of the broth.

Add the beer and the last container of broth to the pot and bring back to a boil.

Coat the meat in the flour mixture and shake off the excess.   Coating the beef in flour will help to thicken the stew.

Fry the meat in a preheated, olive oiled pan until lightly brown.  I use about 1 tbsp of olive oil per batch (I usually cook the meat in two batches).

Once browned, add the beef to the pot and cook for 20 minutes on medium high heat, stirring occasionally.

Add the vegetables and bay leafs to the pot and bring back to a boil.  Once at a boil, reduce heat to medium.

Simmer and cook an additional 45 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and all of the flavours have blended.


- Nutritional Info (per cup) -
Calories - 202     Fat - 7     Carbs - 11     Protein - 14     Iron - 10     Fibre - 1


  1. For me, I would use a different bowl. It sounds so good and the process seems pretty easy. You have a wonderful blog.

  2. What would you use as a substitute for Heineken?

  3. You could use your favourite beer or leave it out entirely. The flavour is definitely better with the beer, but it makes for a great stew on it's own as well. If you are worried about alcohol content, all of the alcohol steams off while cooking, making it a safe dish to eat for all ages! :)

  4. We are starting to make it right now...trying out adapting the ingredient list to the crockpot. I'm not worried about the alcohol. My husband doesn't like Heineken. We are using Warsteiner (Dunkel).

  5. That's great! Please post how it turns out. Using your Crockpot is a great idea! :)


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