Loz's Slow Cooked Irish Guinness Stew
photo by AKA_Muddee
- Ready In:
- 8hrs 20mins
- 1 1 kg rump beef steaks or 3 -4 lamb shanks
- salt & pepper
- 1⁄4 cup plain flour
- 2 tablespoons plain flour
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary (or 1 tbsp chopped fresh)
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 tbsp chopped fresh)
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 400 ml Guinness stout (or more, or other stout-based beer)
- 2 cups beef stock
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 -3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 2 onions, cut in wedges
- 2 carrots, cut in 1-inch pieces
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 large potato, peeled and cut in 1-inch pieces
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Stir in beer, stock, the garlic, carrots, celery, potato, bay leaves, thyme and rosemary to slow cooker.
- Caramelise onions in butter and sugar in a saucepan then add to cooker.
- Sprinkle meat lightly with 2 tbsp flour, salt and pepper. In batches, brown meat all over, mix all in to the slow cooker. Set on Auto or Low for 8 hours, or High for 4-5 hours.
- After cooking, mix remaining flour and water in a cup and add to stew. Set on high and stir until thickened. Add parsley and serve with thick slices of Vienna Bread.
- Sometimes you may need to add a bit more brown sugar if it has a bitter taste.
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Fantastic and easy to follow recipe. I added additional carrots and potatoes as well as a few parsnips. I omitted the thyme, bay leaf and parsley as I did not have them on hand. One tablespoon of fresh rosemary was sufficient. I used the pan that I had carmelized the onions in to sear the floured lamb. My one significant change was the thickening process. I removed 2 cups of liquid about 30 minutes before I was ready to serve. I melted 4 tbsp of butter in a saute pan and added 1/4 cup of flour to make a roux. I slowly added the 2 cups of reserved liquid and cooked until desired consistency. I then added the thickened liquid back to the crock pot and let it cook an additional 30 minutes. The family raved and it had a nice broth, not too thick but not thin like soup.
Best Guinness stew recipe yet! I doubled the recipe (and put in even more carrots and potatoes) and used a large bottle of Guinness extra stout - do not use the canned Guinness (with the CO2 widget) it does not give the right flavor. Compared to other recipes that don't include the sugar or beef stock but have tomato puree - this one is much heartier.
Very good and easy. I substituted Guinness draught because that is what I had on hand. The recipe directions state to add thyme but it is not listed in the ingredient list...I guessed and added 1 t. dried thyme. I also added 2 bay leaves. I added some chopped celery with the onions and carrots. I omitted the potato and instead served the stew over mashed potatoes. I could detect the taste of flour in the stew so next time I will make a roux rather than just adding flour. Great recipe!
We really loved this! I did omit the celery as personal preference but otherwise made as written. The only problem I had was that my slow cooker was just a tad too small for all of the liquid (I think it's a 4 quart?) and while it looked like it would be okay at first, it quickly started spilling over and made a giant mess. I transferred everything to a stock pot and cooked on low for several more hours. It was a bit of a pain but ultimately it turned out great and we had a wonderful dinner! Thanks for posting!