Beer-and-Soy Braised Beef

Star anise is a dark-brown pod with a distinctive licorice flavor similar to that of regular aniseeds.


6 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup meat mixture and 1 cup couscous)

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Nutritional 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


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


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.

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.