Beef and Beer Stew
photo by LifeIsGood
- Ready In:
- 3hrs 30mins
- 2 lbs boneless beef chuck roast, cut into cubes
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, peeled and cut into 12 wedges
- 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
- 440 ml Guinness stout
- 1 1⁄2 cups beef or 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 medium turnip, peeled and cut into large cubes
- 4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
- 4 potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes
- 1⁄2 cup diced prune
- 1⁄2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley (optional)
- salt and pepper
- With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 165 °C (325 °F).
- In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, brown the meat in the butter and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Keep the meat aside on a plate.
- In the same pan, brown the onion. Add oil, if needed. Sprinkle with the flour and stir to combine. Deglaze with the beer and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
- Return the meat to the pan. Add the broth, turnips, and carrots and bring to boil. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and bake for 2 hours. Add the potatoes and prunes and stir to combine.
- Cover and cook for about 1 hour or until the potatoes are cooked and the meat is fork-tender. Add the parsley and adjust the seasoning. If desired, serve with sour cream. ??.
- Tips: The classic "Irish Stew" was originally prepared with mutton, root vegetables, and water. After the great famine of 1845 and the emigration of a portion of the population, the dish evolved and includes ingredients easier to find in their new land, such as beef. Finally, we replaced the water with Guinness, the flagship beer of the Irish culture. For this recipe, you can substitute it with the beer of your choice.
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We really enjoyed this beef stew. I was afraid the Guinness might take over flavor wise, but it didn't, it added depth and richness. The only change I would make is to skip the parsnips next time. I didn't care for that flavor (personal preference). Thanks for posting this yummy beef stew recipe! Made for ZWT8 Great Britain
This is a good basic stew, which I made it as written. The meat retained more of the beer flavor then the broth did, though it came through more in the earlier stages of cooking. It was a nice flavor so I would probably reserverve some of the beer to add more towards the end. a I usually like more seasoning in my stew and would add thyme, garlic and maybe some marjoram. Thanks for sharing I will definitely try adding some Guiness to my usual stew recipe. Made for ZWT 8 by on of The Wild Bunch
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