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Beef and Guinness Stew

April 9, 2014

I keep meaning to post this for St. Patrick’s Day, but I should just do it now because I never remember before St. Patrick’s Day. I learned this recipe when I visited the Cordon Bleu cooking school for an open house and cooking demonstration. The recipe serves 2-3 but you can easily double it. Make this at least one day before you plan to eat it, as it will taste even better as leftovers.  It’s great with Suspiciously Delicious Cabbage and this Irish Soda Bread.

Beef and Guiness stew

1 1/2 slices bacon, diced

2 Tbsp vegetable oil + more for beef

10-12 oz beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes

1/2 cup onion, diced small

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 tomato, diced large

4 Tbsp flour

1 Tbsp tomato paste

1/2 cup Guinness

1/3 cup white wine  (You can use either the Guinness or white wine, or both. I use both.)

2 cups veal stock (You can buy it frozen at Whole Foods, but I’ve also used beef stock since veal stock is hard to find.)

a few sprigs fresh thyme

1 bay leaf

1/2 cup carrot, diced medium

1 1/2 cup potato, diced medium

salt and pepper

fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

Heat some oil in a dutch oven and sear beef. Remove beef and clean pan. Cook bacon in 2 Tbsp oil, remove bacon, but leave the oil. Add onions, cook over medium-low until soft. Add garlic.  Add flour and stir until flour begins to brown. Add tomato paste and mix in with the flour. (You want the tomato paste to cook a little, but don’t let it burn.)  Add tomato, Guinness, wine, and beef. Cook until liquid is reduced by 3/4. Add veal stock, herbs, and bacon. Cover and simmer on low until tender. (Check every 30 min. or so, but it will probably take a couple hours.) Add carrot and potato and cook until vegetables are tender.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh parsley to serve.

The leftover Guinness also makes tasty waffles 🙂

beer waffles

Speaking of other things I might forget to post for St. Patrick’s day, I have a joke!

Q:What do you get if you cross poison ivy with a four leaf clover?

A: A rash of good luck!


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One Comment
  1. Mom permalink

    I like your joke!

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