Stoverij, A Flemish Specialty
By Melissa Maki
Stoverij is Flemish comfort food at its best. Also known as carbonade flamande, stoverij is a traditional beef stew that derives its rich flavor from being slow cooked in Belgian beer.
While stoverij recipes have the same basic ingredients, this one is inspired by Aba-Jour, a Ghent establishment known for its ample beer selection. Their stoverij is the best I’ve had. It stands apart because, rather than using just one type of beer, it contains a combination of sweet and sour beers, which gives it a deliciously complex taste. They use Rodenbach, a tart Flanders red, and Westmalle Dubbel, a rich and malty Trappist brew.