Irish Beef Stew
A classic Irish comfort food
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
- 2 lbs boneless sirloin steaks
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 cups beef stock
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons fresh tarragon, finely chopped
- 3⁄4 teaspoon fresh sage, finely chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3 lbs potatoes
- 3 celery ribs
- 1 onion
- 2 cups carrots
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 12 ounces Guinness stout
- Chop meat & vegetables: peel & chop potatoes into 1/2" pieces; dice carrots to 1/4" thick, trim visible fat from steaks & cut into 1" cubes; dice onion; chop celery.
- Heat 2 tablespoons butter in large pot over medium heat.
- Dredge steak cubes in flour and saute 5 minutes until brown on all sides. Add garlic and saute 1 minute.
- Add beef stock, beer, tomato paste, honey, Worcestershire, herbs and spices. Stir to combine.
- Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, then cover and simmer 20 minutes while preparing vegetables.
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in another large pot over medium heat. Add potatoes, onion, celery, and carrots. Saute 20 minutes until golden.
- Add vegetables to beef stew. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes.
- Remove bay leaves before serving.
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Wow! This is very good. Since the last reviewer said the Guinness was a bit overpowering, I thought I would add a bit more spice. I ended up having to adjusted to taste as I went a bit heavy on the tarragon - it can be a little bitter. To fix it I put in about 1.5 Tblspns sugar. Then I realized the directions mention honey but it is not in the ingredients. I also added an additional can of beef broth, the full can of tomato paste, about 2 tsp salt, and 2 tsp fresh ground pepper. I also put about a 3/4 cup flour in a ziploc and tossed the meat that seemed to provide the added thickening recommended by another rater. After it sat later in the evening, it even tasted better. I will make this again. Tomorrow I am treating a friend from work to a bowl at lunch. Thanks Mims for a yummy meal - especially on a cold rainy St. Pat's weekend here in Carolina. :DReply
This is a richly flavoured stew, wonderful! The times and amounts given were perfect! We loved the herbs, although I had to substitute dried herbs in a smaller amount. We liked the guiness but I think next time I would reduce it by half...the beer overpowered the other flavours slightly. I'd also increase the flour a bit to thicken the stew. The flavours are wonderful nevertheless and the beef was very tender. Thank you, Mims & Squims!Reply
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