Monday, October 21, 2013

Guinness Beef Stew

from my peeps

yield: 6 - 8 servings 
prep time: 30 minutes, cook time: 3 hours, total time: 3 hours 30 minutes
A fabulous beef stew recipe featuring a robust sauce flavored with Guinness.

(Recipe adapted from Cook's Country)
1 (3½ to 4-pound) boneless beef chuck-eye roast, trimmed and cut into 1½-inch pieces
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 yellow onions, chopped fine
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup all-purpose flour
3 cups chicken stock
1 (12-ounce) bottle Guinness Draught, divided
4½ teaspoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1½ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

1. Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat to 325 ºF.
2. Season the beef with salt and freshly ground pepper.
3. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the onions and salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned, 8 to 10 minutes.
4. Add the tomato paste and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for an additional 1 minute.
5. Whisk in the chicken stock, ¾ cup of the Guinness, brown sugar and thyme, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the beef and return to a simmer.
6. Transfer the pot to the oven and cook, uncovered, for 90 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking.
7. Stir in the potatoes and carrots and continue cooking until the beef and vegetables are tender, about 1 hour, stirring halfway through cooking. Remove the pot from the oven and stir in the remaining ½ cup of Guinness and the parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Notes: Do not use Guinness Extra Stout in this recipe, as it is too bitter.

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