Ever since I acquired the in-game recipe for Cook-Cook's Fiend stew in Fallout: New Vegas, I've been wanting to try it for real... Well, I did tonight. And, I must say, it turned out pretty darned tasty.

Below is my real-world (Pre-War?) recipe:

  • Two 12 oz. cans of Pre-War Beer. (I used PBR - seemed lore-friendly - but any cheap American lager - Coors, Bud, Olympia, Miller, etc. - will work)
  • One lbs. Brahmin meat. I used lean stew beef
  • Two Medium Fresh Potatoes, peeled and diced
  • Two Large Jalapeño peppers, chopped, seeds left in
  • 1/2 Small Onion, chopped fine
  • Two Large Carrots, peeled and sliced thick
  • Two Tbs Butter
  • One Tsp Oregano
  • Two Tsp Rosemary
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper (about 30 grinds?)
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt (or to taste)

Combine meat, onions, jalapeños, butter, salt and pepper in a skillet or saute pan, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent and meat is browned.

Transfer browned meat mixture to a large saucepan or stew pot. Add the potatoes, carrots, oregano and rosemary, and then pour in the two cans of beer.

Turn the heat on high and bring to a boil. Keep an eye on it so it doesn't boil over.

Once boiling, put the heat on low to simmer, and cover the pot. Let simmer until potatoes are soft. (I microwaved the diced potatoes in a bit of water for about 5 minutes on medium power first to soften them up a little before adding them to the stew pot.) Simmering time should be about 45 to 55 minutes. Check potatoes halfway through the cooking time, and stir briefly. Adjust time as necessary. Also, add a little water if necessary.

Then enjoy! It isn't as spicy-hot as you'd think, and goes great with an American Pre-War lager.

Mojodaro 06:43, November 28, 2011 (UTC)