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Steak and Ale Stew

Friday, October 15, 2010

Steak and ale pie is one of the British classics. It's my fiance's favorite food. Having a dish reminds him of home.

British food, like American, doesn't have a reputation for being top tier cuisine. If you said you were going out for "Fine British Dining" they would joke you were going to a French or Indian restaurant.

Celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Olivier have made a lot of progress in recent years. Even they haven't completely broken the stigma.

British and American food have reputations for being fatty, poor nutrition, and heavy calories. I bristle at the stereotype that American 'cuisine' is burgers and fries. We do actually have regional cuisine that is healthy and delicious. Similarly, my fiance bristles that every American asks him if England has good fish and chips.

Those are topics for another blog. Today, I'm breaking the diet stereotype that you can't have your favorite foods when trying to lose or maintain weight. Even ones that are traditionally thought of as high calorie beasts.

Taking the idea of steak and ale pie, I made the steak and ale in a crockpot. Super easy. Just throw everything in the pot. Stew meat, onions, carrots, celery, tomato paste, beef stock, thyme and a pint of beer.

Instead of making a pie, I served it with a slice of multigrain bread.

The verdict from a British native? Delicious! Tastes just like steak and ale pie! Except with more veggies! I guess steak and ale pie doesn't usually have so much veg, so I made it healthier. It has a serving of vegetables in each bowl.

The nutrition information for each serving:
Calories: 250
Fat: 4.8g
Carbohydrates: 18.2g
Protein: 29.0g

Grand total with bread and a pint of beer: 470 calories.

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Steak and Ale Stew recipe: recipes.sparkpeople.com/
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    This looks good. I will try that one.
    3746 days ago
    Aww man!! I wish I would have seen this one day earlier. I just made pot roast in the crock pot yesterday, but yours looks WAY BETTER!!
    3746 days ago
    Great idea and the perfect weather for it! (at least here)
    3746 days ago
    You know who really made a mark in British cooking ? Heston Blumenthal. I think that's how his name is spelled. I saw him profiled on one of the PBS cooking shows. His restaurant (the Fat Duck) is considered one of the finest restaurants in the world, not just the UK !! He's got his own show in the UK. Saw it while I was in London.

    I love a good old fashioned stew ! Never had steak and ale stew, that sounds yummy. And do you know what's funny ? I had a marvelous samosa made at a convenience store !! Now that was great fast food. LOL !!

    So, does the fiance like marmite ??? I know a place locally that has it. Vegemite too.

    hmm... maybe I have to make some stew this weekend. It's certainly stew weather up North !!

    3746 days ago
    Sounds yummy! Glad you could make a low calorie version!
    3746 days ago
    Sounds delicious!
    3746 days ago
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