Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Irish Beef Stew

This Irish stew is traditionally made with lamb but since we are not a fan of it so I just used beef. The additional of Guinness beer really add a nice flavor to this rich and hearty stew. The beef is incredibly tender and great to serve it with some crusty bread.


1 1/4 pounds stew beef – cut into 1” pieces
3 potatoes – peel, cut into chunks
1 large onion – cut into chunks
3 carrots – peel and cut into 1” length
½ cup green peas (optional)
6 cloves garlic - chopped
2 sprig thyme - remove the stems and chopped
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup Guinness Beer
6 cups beef stocks
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste

1. Heat up a large heavy bottom pot. Add in about 3-4 tbsp of oil, brown the beef on all sides. Remove the beef. In the same pot, sauté the garlic until lightly brown and fragrant.
2. Stir in the tomato paste, let it cook for a few seconds and add in the beer. Bring it up to a boil and add in the beef stock, thyme, bay leaves, beef and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until combined.
3. Bring the mixture to boil, reduce the heat to medium low, cover and let it simmer for an hour. Stir occasionally.
4. Meanwhile, in sauté pan melt the butter; add potatoes, onion and carrots. Sprinkle some salt over the vegetables. Sauté until vegetables turns lightly brown, about 10 minutes. Add vegetables to beef stew. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender. Add in the green peas.
5. Discard bay leaves. Spoon off any access fat from the stew. Check seasonings. Transfer stew to serving bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Note: This stew can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Refrigerate and bring to simmer before serving. You can always omit the Guinness and replace it with wine or stock.  


Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Look comfort and good.

Grace R. Flaminiano said...

Can i use white wine to replace Guinness Beer?

Grace R. Flaminiano said...

And also, will there be any difference if i use an ordinary pot and not a heavy bottom one? Thanks!

WendyinKK said...

With Guinness?
Ok, will try this out if I ever get some.

Unknown said...

My husband would truly dig the addition of guiness.

ann low said...

Gert, this is another beef stew that I enjoyed very much. We had one quite similar that is Russian beef stewed that they added cabbage in it, serve with sour cream.

tinyskillet said...

This looks delicious! I have never made beef stew before, but this one looks so good. I like the idea of the beer added to it. I add dark beer to my chili, it adds a nice depth to it.

Sashquatch said...

I adoreeee a good irish stew. I dont even care that its summer, i have a craving now for comfort food that only a stew will suppress! Gorgeous and oh so flavoursome recipe im sure :)

Elin said...

Gert, I have never tried beef with guinness beer before. It must be tasty. Real comfort food. WB would love this stew for he is fond of stew. Will try this out for sure. Is the stew soup slight bitterish? Stout is bitter to me :)

Jeannie said...

Looks yummy, I guess could substitute with pork too huh! I try not to cook beef at home if I could help it:P

Shereen said...

I was planning to cook this Irish stew today tapi I still got some leftovers from yesterday, so tak jadi.What a coincidence, ey?Maybe tomorrow I'll masak this so that I don't have to prepare a few dishes with rice...time is so limited as S will be flying in the afternoon.Love these type of stews as they are so hearty and I think I'll use your recipe instead of the one I intended.Thank you for the recipe...love you!!!!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Oh yum, using guiness will surely make this much more robust in flavor! Nice one Gert. ;)

lena said...

i think beef eaters would love this, the stout must have given this a kick!! This is a handsome stew!

My Little Space said...

Oh my, what a delicious picture! How I wish I'm a beef eater. haha.... Salivating. Hope you're enjoying your day, dear.

Unknown said...

wow...yummy bowl of stew...:)Love beef...:)



MaryMoh said...

Mmmm....love that stew. Looks very delicious. I must try with Guinness next time :D

ICook4Fun said...

Sonia, thanks.

Grace, yes you can replace it with wine. As this dish needs to simmer for some time it is advisable to use heavy bottom pot for even heat and it will not burn easily.

Wendy, yeap the Irish love their Guinness.

Jennifurla, maybe you can make this for him :)

Ann, my hubby too love this kind of stew. Very Russian for adding cabbage and sour cream :)

Lyndsey, Guinness is a dark beer/malt.

The Procrastobbaker, thank you. I actually made this during summer :)

Elin, the guinness give this stew a very nice flavor and as for the bitterness, I did add a bit of sugar to it.

Jeannie, maybe you can replace it with lamb.

ICook4Fun said...

Shereen, I always cook a bit more so I can freeze some up and eat it on my lazy to cook day... love you too :)

Bee Bee, thank you :)

Lena, that is a nice description for the stew :)

Kristy, thank you. You can always replace the beef with lamb. You too have a nice day.

Dr. Sammena, thank you.

Mary, hope you like it :)

Shereen said...

I dah buat this stew...shiok with crusty bread.That's our breakfast, lunch and dinner...and supper...and snack...hahahaha.Thank you, darling!

Noob Cook said...

I love the touch of Stout, the beef becomes more tender and yummy :)