Irish Beef and Guinness Stew
Irish Beef and Guinness Stew is a complete meal and comforting one pot dish. Tender chunks of beef, slow cooked with carrots and parsnips in beef stock and Guinness using combination cooking/moist and dry heat (stove top and oven) along with slow cooker instructions included.
Beef stew is a classic comforting dish and if you’re a beef eater, you’re a fan. This Irish version has Guinness stout, which takes the flavor to a whole new level of taste. In a traditional Irish stew, lamb is usually used but today, I’m using beef.
St Patrick’s Day is just over 2 weeks away so it’s time to start thinking about what we’ll be eating for this Irish holiday.
Chuck roast or shoulder and please cut the pieces yourself. Even though grocery stores label cut beef as ‘stew meat’, it is usually scraps from other cuts of beef.
How to choose the best beef for stew
Buy a whole chuck or shoulder roast, not already cut beef because you don’t know what cuts they are. The meat should have good marbling of fat without too much, this brings flavor the stew.
This depends on the size of your meat cubes and there really is no set time, just an estimate. Beef stew is done when the meat is fork tender. Meaning, it pulls apart easily with 2 forks and is always best cooked low and slow.
Guinness Stout v’s Guinness Draught
In addition to being carbonated differently, stout has a sharper, crisper flavor, draught is creamier, which is what I prefer for cooking.
Along with the Guinness, I used a combination of beef and chicken stock. Chicken stock in a beef stew? Yes! Chicken stock (especially if homemade) has a lovely meaty taste and adds great flavor.
In keeping with the Irish-ness of the dish, and because it’s readily available now in the U.S., I browned the beef in real Irish butter. I’m not getting paid to say this and everyone who has tried it will agree, it really is the best butter. I also used the butter and Irish cheese in the Irish colcannon (< click text for recipe) that I made to go along side the stew.
For slow cooker beef stew
After the meat is browned and the rest of the ingredients have been added, pour into a preheated slow cooker on low for 6 hours.
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