Bavarian Beef and Beer Stew

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Despite the name, Oktoberfest usually starts mid-September and lasts until October 1st. In Vermont, Stowe is hosting a two-day ‘Bavarian Blast'(September 22 – 24, 2006). Todays recipe features a traditional German dish called Bavarian Beef and Beer Stew, (from YourRecipes.com). So, if you can’t get away to Germany or your local Oktoberfest this year, make this festive meal a celebration at home with family and friends. Crock pot enthusiasts can also use this recipe. For a variation, try adding a few small cubed potatoes as well.

(Makes 8 servings)

3 lb. boneless beef (trim fat or use lean cut)
1-1/4 cup water
3/4 cup beer or beef broth
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ginger

Cut beef into cubes. Combine water, beer or broth, tomato sauce, onion, sugar, vinegar, salt, cinnamon, bay leaf, pepper and ginger in a large pot or dutch oven. When boiling, add the cut-up beef. reduce heat, cover and simmer until meat is tender, about 2-1/2 to 3 hours. discard bay leaf. If desired, thicken juices with a paste of cornstarch and water. serve on a bed of cooked noodles or rice.

Note: you can also simply combine all ingredients into a crockpot on high for 1 hour, then simmer for 2-1/2.

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