St. Paddy’s Day Grub – Beef & Guinness Stew

We all know St. Patrick’s Day is one of the premier drinking events of the year. We love to drink our favorite Irish Whiskeys and green beers and attend our local parades to celebrate. Here’s something a little different: A Beef & Guinness Stew.  Yes – we need to EAT too on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a perfect meal to soak up the alcohol you’re sure to be drinking and it’s made with Guinness – a famous Irish stout beer.

Obviously, there are a lot of Irish Stew recipes out there and most of them include some root vegetables and almost all include potatoes. This particular one is no different. But the subtle bitterness from the hops, and toastiness from the malt, gives the Guinness gravy a depth of flavor that really is delicious.

This is an elegant but simple meal to put together.

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Ingredients for 4 large servings

4 strips bacon, sliced into small pieces
2 1/2 lb. beef chuck, cut in 2-inch pieces (tossed with black pepper and at least 1 tsp salt)
2 onions, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (14.0-oz) Guinness beer, or other dark beer
1/4 cup tomato paste
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
3 carrots, cut in 1-inch pieces
2 ribs celery, cut in 1-inch pieces
2 1/2 cups chicken stock, or as needed
1 tsp sugar
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 cups mashed potatoes

Directions
– Simmer stew on very low heat, covered, for about 2 hours, or until fork tender
– Uncover, raise heat to med-high, and reduce, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens to your liking
– Taste and adjust seasoning!

Recipe and Video by: Food Wishes – Chef John

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