Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Guiness Beef Stew

Chances are, it's freezing where you are. All this wintry weather makes me crave something hot and rich to warm me up. This stew fits the bill. And it's easy to boot.

Unfortunately, in my haste to eat it, I forgot to take a picture.

I got this recipe from my second mother Ms. Annie.  The original recipe used a Dutch Oven, I chose to use my crockpot.

Guinness Beef Stew


1 1/2 lbs stew beef, cut into bitesize chunks

Salt and ground black pepper

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 medium onions, minced

1 tablespoon tomato paste

2 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 2 teaspoons)

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour with pinch of cayenne (to taste) mixed in

1 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth

1 (12-ounce) bottle (about 1 1/2 cups) Guinness Draught

1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried

2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1 1/2 pounds Red Bliss potatoes (about 5 medium), scrubbed and cut into 11/2-inch chunks

1 pound carrots, parsnips, or a combination, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves

1.  Pat the beef dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add half of the meat and cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned, 7 to 10 minutes, reducing the heat if the pot begins to scorch. Transfer the browned beef to a medium bowl. Repeat with 1 more tablespoon oil and the remaining beef; transfer the meat to the bowl.

2. Add the remaining tablespoon oil to the pot and return to medium heat until shimmering. Add the
onions and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the
tomato paste and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the flour and cook for about 1

3. Stir in 1 1/4 cups of the beer, scraping up any browned bits.

4. Put the meat in the bottom of your crock pot. Top with potatoes, carrots, thyme, bay leaves, and brown sugar. Pour the beer mixture over all this, and then add the broth. Stir to combine.

5. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or so.

6. Just before serving, stir in the parsley. Serve with warm crusty bread and a salad.

Very Yummy! This one was a big hit with Prince Charming Z. I'm pretty sure it would freeze well for later too.

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