Beef and Guinness Stew

Earlier this week we dined on a delish supper of Beef and Guinness Stew and Brown Soda Bread.  Unlike last year, I got super lazy and decided to forego the browning of the beef, cooking of the onions, and hours of stirring and simmering and for just throwing it all in the crock pot and calling it a day!  And guess what?!?!  All that extra work wasn’t worth a hill of beans.  It was just as fab as it ever was!
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Beef and Guinness Stew
If you decide to make the crock pot version, omit the oil and flour and just put everything else in the crock pot.  I also left out the parsnip because I couldn’t find it in the grocery store.  (What does parsnip look like anyway??)

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 pounds boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 5 cups chopped onion (about 3 onions)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
  • 1 bottle Guinness Stout
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups (1/2-inch-thick) diagonal slices carrot (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups (1/2-inch-thick) diagonal slices parsnip (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup (1/2-inch) cubed peeled turnip (about 8 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Place flour in a shallow dish. Sprinkle beef with 1/2 teaspoon salt; dredge beef in flour. Add half of beef to pan; cook 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove beef from pan with a slotted spoon. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and beef.

2. Add onion to pan; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in broth and beer, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Return meat to pan. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, raisins, caraway seeds, and pepper; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Uncover and bring to a boil. Cook 50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add carrot, parsnip, and turnip. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and bring to a boil; cook 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with parsley.
Thanks to besties C, S and F for a fantastic birthday dinner at Ceviche – complete with gossip, laughs, loads of queso and the best margaritas around!!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a Lucky Lunch!

6 thoughts on “Beef and Guinness Stew

  1. Parsnips look like white carrots. Hope you can find them! They're good and sweet, but earthy! Way different than their orange look-a-likes.

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