Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Guinness Beef Stew

If I had a pub this is totally the type of dish I'd serve as cold weather pub grub. Hearty beef stew cooked in Guinness over a bed of creamy mashed potatoes. It would be especially good if you could eat it in front of a roaring fire with a nice pint of beer to wash it all down.
Guinness Beef Stew
The stew is cooked all day in a crock pot which makes for little hands on time. I choose to sear my meat before adding it to the crock pot. I know it adds a little more prep time & an extra pot to clean but, I find I like the texture of the meat better after this step & the flour in this step helps thicken the stew a little.

Guinness Beef Stew

1 T olive oil
1 lb stew beef
1/4 c flour
salt & pepper
1 can (14.5 oz) Guinness
2 carrots, cut into 1 - 2 inches pieces
2 parsnips, cut into 1 - 2 inch pieces
1 large leek, white & light green parts sliced
1 t dried thyme
1/2 t dried marjoram
1 bay leaf
10 crimini mushrooms, cut in half
mashed potatoes (I made mine out of red skin potatoes & kept the skins on)

Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Put the stew beef in a plastic bag, add the flour & some salt & pepper then shake to coat the beef. Cook the beef in the hot skillet until brown on all sides. Move the beef to a crock pot. Pour about 1/4 - 1/2 cup of the Guinness into the hot skillet & bring to a boil to remove any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour over the beef in the crock pot.

Add the carrots, parsnips and leeks to the crock pot. Add the remaining Guinness, thyme, marjoram & bay leaf. Cover & turn the crock pot to low. Let cook 5 - 6 hours until the vegetables are tender & the meat is falling apart. Add the mushrooms & cook for 1 more hour. (If you feel the stew is a little thin, turn the crock pot to high & remove the lid for the last hour, this will help reduce it). Check for seasoning & add salt & pepper to taste.

Serve the stew over hot mashed potatoes.

Serves 3 - 4

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8 comments:

George Gaston said...

kat... I love the rich robust flavor Guinness gives to a slow-cooked stew like yours. I think during that long Thanksgiving 'eat-a-thon' weekend, I'll make this one evening for the my friends & family. Thanks

Dawn said...

^5! me too. classic.

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

ooh I would totally eat this in a pub. I think that would be the perfect setting. YUM

Grace said...

pub grub. i do love a rhyme.
great stew--hearty, warming, nutritious. i especially love the fact that it's served atop mashed taters!

Ashley said...

This looks wonderful! I love beef stew, and I'm always looking for new crockpot recipes. I tend to slack and not brown my meat though...hehe

Foodycat said...

Such a perfect winter comfort food! I wish more pubs did serve this kind of meal.

Peter M said...

Guinness is a wonderful ingredient for stew. Something magical happens.

Laura said...

Made this tonight in my gifted crockpot since my stove won't be here until Friday. It was absolutely delicious. Thanks for saving me from most crockpot recipes, which I find suspect.

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