Beef Stew With Pears
(recipe from Sale&Pepe magazine, Serbian issue for July/August 2007)
1 kg beef round meat, cut into cubes
300 ml beer
2 large onions
2 large Williams pears
2 Tbsp mustard
80 g butter
1 tsp dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp apple vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
Saute finely sliced onions on 40 g butter. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes. Add water if necessary. Remove from heat, let cool and puree in a blender.
Fry meat on the remaining butter in a large pan. Add onion puree, beer, sugar, apple vinegar and herbs. Cover and cook on low heat for about 2 hours and if necessary, add some water or more beer.
Wash and peel the pears and cut them into wedges. Add them to the pan 20 minutes before the end of cooking. Add mustard and salt to taste.