Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs
Closest thing I've found to the real deal that my wife and I had on our honeymoon in Ireland. :) Recipe courtesy of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. See www.foodnetwork.com for the original.
- 2 lbs stewing beef
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons flour
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pinch cayenne
- 2 large onions, coarsely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 2 tablespoons tomato puree, dissolved in 4 tablespoons water
- 1 1⁄4 cups Guinness stout
- 2 cups largely diced carrots
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- chopped parsley, for garnish
- Trim the meat of any fat or gristle, and cut into 2-inch cubes.
- Toss beef with 1 tablespoon of the oil.
- In a small bowl, season the flour with salt, pepper and cayenne.
- Toss meat with seasoned flour.
- Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over high heat.
- Brown the meat on all sides.
- Reduce the heat, add the onions, crushed garlic and tomato puree to the skillet, cover, and cook gently for 5 minutes.
- Transfer the contents of the skillet to a casserole and pour half of the Guinness into the skillet.
- Bring Guinness to a boil and stir to dissolve the caramelized meat juices on the pan.
- Pour over the meat, along with the remaining Guinness.
- Add the carrots and thyme.
- Stir and adjust seasonings.
- Cover the casserole and simmer over low heat, or in a 300 degree F oven until the meat is tender, 2 to 3 hours.
- Garnish the beef with parsley and serve.
This was okay... I found it to be really sweet for some reason (the meat? The carrots?). The meat was really tender and had good flavor, but the broth was super thick and almost paste-like after cooking for 3 hours. It wasn't really what I was hoping for.
My DH loves Guinness stew. I cooked mine in a slow-cooker after browning the meat and deglazing the pan. I used cornstarch to thicken it and served the stew over mashed potatoes. It turned out just grand! Thanks for sharing!
Not a big hit with us. We're used to stew with thick sauce and though I added cornstarch to thicken it up it maintained a smooth consistency...It tasted like it had come from a can. Not too happy with that flavor for a $20 meal and hours of work.