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Beer-and-Soy Braised Beef

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup meat mixture and 1 cup couscous)
Star anise is a dark-brown pod with a distinctive licorice flavor similar to that of regular aniseeds.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle dark beer
  • 2 thin gingerroot slices
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise pods (optional)
  • 2 cups sliced carrot
  • 2 cups sliced leek (about 2 medium)
  • 6 cups hot cooked couscous

Nutrition Information

  • calories 453
  • caloriesfromfat 13 %
  • fat 6.3 g
  • satfat 1.5 g
  • monofat 1.8 g
  • polyfat 1.8 g
  • protein 30.9 g
  • carbohydrate 70.9 g
  • fiber 4.5 g
  • cholesterol 44 mg
  • iron 5.1 mg
  • sodium 370 mg
  • calcium 57 mg

How to Make It

  1. Trim fat from meat; cut meat into 3/4-inch cubes, and sprinkle with pepper. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add meat, and cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. Add soy sauce and next 4 ingredients (soy sauce through cinnamon); stir in star anise, if desired, and bring to a boil. Cover meat mixture, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour.

  2. Add carrot and leek; cook, uncovered, an additional 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Discard gingerroot, green onions, cinnamon, and star anise. Serve over couscous.