This robust and unctuous beef stew gets a Green Mountain makeover using local beer, cellared winter vegetables, grass fed beef, and just a kiss of maple. If you are outside Vermont, use whatever similar ingredients you can find (hopefully locally) but make sure your maple is REAL. Enjoy this stew with some hearty whole grain bread topped with cultured butter, this is the quintessential wintertime feast! —Stefano Coppola
Melt butter over medium-high heat in a heavy pot, preferably cast-iron. Sear beef very hard, working in batches making sure not to crowd the pot. If the bottom begins to burn turn down the heat.
Once all the beef is seared and out of the pot, add the salt, onions, and leeks, stirring & scraping up the browned bits as the onions release their liquid. Add flour & cook until onions are beginning to soften, about five minutes. Add bay leaves, chili flakes, and rosemary.
Add beer and fully deglaze pan, bring to a simmer and add 1 qt of stock and maple syrup. Turn heat to low and cover with a tight fitting lid.
Simmer on very low for one hour.
Add remaining vegetables and thyme, add enough of the remaining stock to just cover the vegetables, if necessary. Simmer 30 min longer, uncovered, until all vegetables are tender.
Season with Red Wine Vinegar and salt to taste. Garnish with chopped parsley.