The weather has been pretty stormy in recent time. The perfect excuse to stay inside and make a beef roulade stew with winter vegetables in port. The winter vegetables and winter spices make up for a delicious sweet aroma.
I used beef roulade for this stew. Then I added winter vegetables like carrots, parsnip and bell pepper. The additional sweet aroma comes from red port wine and gingerbread spices. This is something completely different from the classical stew with trappist beer.
In fact I wanted to use some kind of gingerbread for the sauce. Unfortunately supermarkets here (Berlin, Germany) don't sell it (in this time of the year). After searching two of them I decided to use toast bread. I am thinking of introducing homemade gingerbread here ;-).
The inspiration for this recipe comes from a Dutch foodblog (Myfoodblog). They have the recipe wÃth gingerbread, but without parsnip and bell pepper. I like lots of vegetables, therefore I added an extra selection of winter vegetables. That is what I like with stews: you can vary a lot with the ingredients and portions up to your own taste and inspiration. And availability of course...
If you like surprising stews you may also be interested in these recipes:
- Stew of chicken hearts with pumpkin and mushroom
- Fish stew with green and white asparagus
- Super savoury coq au vin
- Pointed cabbage stew with Schupfnudel
If you speak Dutch, you can find the Dutch version of this recipe on gerechtenweb.blog.
Even in Berlin you should be able to find SoÃŸenlebkuchen year round. One manufacturer is Leupoldt, but there is more than one. It is used as a thickening agent in Sauerbraten, a german roast that spends a week in vinegar and spices. It sounds as if the Lebkuchen (ginger bread) might fit the bill. If you don't find it in lesser venues go to the KdW - they have everything 🙂
Thanks a lot for the feedback! I know I can find it in specialised stores or KDW. But I didn't have time and hadn't expected that Kaufland and City REWE in my neighbourhood don't have it. Next time I prepare better 😉
I got the ingredients yesterday before the Wisconsin snowstorm hits! It's simmering on my stove now and we're enjoying the smell and can't wait to taste it!!
Nothing better than a winter stew when there is a snow storm outside. Hope you are safe and well!