It seems that to many people St. Patrick’s Day and Corned Beef and Cabbage are synonymous. Now, I like corned beef, but it is not my first choice for a traditional Irish meal. I prefer a nice hearty beef and Guinness stew! When we traveled to Ireland, beef and lamb stews were on many, many restaurant menus. I especially loved a beef and Guinness stew topped with mashed potatoes and served in the style of a Shepard’s Pie. So delicious! Well, this Beef and Guinness Stew is equally delicious!
I made this the other night for one of my book club meetings. Because stew does take time, I simply made it the night before and heated it up before serving. I also served it alongside mashed potatoes. My Make-Ahead Creamy Mashed Potatoes are a perfect complement to the stew. If you need to feed a crowd, and want to get it all set ahead of time – this is the perfect meal. Comfort food with a deep, rich flavor.
Beef and Guinness Stew Recipe
I made a double batch – enough to serve 12. The recipe below is to serve six. If you have a large family like me, are going to serve a crowd, or simply want to make sure you have leftovers – it is super easy to double the recipe.
- 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil – as needed
- 2.5 pounds beef stew meat – cut into 1 inch chunks
- 1 onion chopped
- 3 carrots – chopped
- 3 ribs celery – chopped
- 2 cloves garlic – thinly sliced
- 2/3 cups beef stock
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 bottle Guinness
- Cornstarch for thickening (if needed)
- Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in large dutch oven over medium – high heat.
- Brown beef in batches being careful not to overcrowd.
- Remove beef and set aside on plate.
- Add another tablespoon of olive oil and saute onion, carrots and celery until the onion is translucent.
- Return meat to pan along with garlic.
- Add stock, Guinness, and bay leaf.
- Reduce heat and simmer gently for 80 minutes or until liquid is reduced.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- If you want a thicker sauce, remove a mug full of sauce, add two teaspoons of cornstarch to mug, and whisk until fully incorporated and thickened. Return thickened sauce to pot and stir into stew.
- Serve over mashed potatoes.
Comfort food at it’s best! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any evening you want to wrap yourself up in the warm, soothing comfort of a bowl of hearty Beef and Guinness Stew.
Enjoy! For me, this stew takes me back to Ireland – the beautiful Emerald Isle. Oh, how I loved my travels there.
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