Mel and Mal's Guinness Stew

Ingredients
  • 750g stewing beef, cut into chunks
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsps flour
  • 1 large onion or 4 shallots, chopped and sliced finely
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 12 button mushrooms
  • 1/4 pt of beef stock
  • 1 can of Guiness
  • Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper

This delicious wholesome stew is just the thing to warm the cockles of your heart and as its made with the Black Stuff, perfect for your Paddy's Day celebrations!

Not only does the thick dark liquid give the stew a rich flavour, it also helps to tenderise the meat whilst cooking giving you fantastic results every time. You can do this stew on the hob top, in the oven or a slow cooker

Serves : 6        Prep/Cooking Time : 3hrs 15mins

Tip : You can use the stew to make a pie if you prefer - simply drain off some of the juices before you put into the blind baked pastry base otherwise the pastry will be soggy - then use the juices as your gravy!

Instructions

Sear the Meat

In a large stockpot, heat up the olive oil until hot and then keep the heat at medium

Add the meat in batches, and stir into the oil until all pieces are nutty brown all over

Take out the meat and allow it to rest

Add the Veg and Slow Cook

Add the onions to the pan juices and sear slightly

Add the garlic and stir and cook for 1 minute

Add the meat back into the pan with the onion mixture then add all the other ingredients, except the carrots and mushrooms and stir in well

Bring to the boil then lower the heat to the lowest heat setting OR at this point, transfer to the oven and cook for 150C OR in the slow cooker - all for 1.5 hrs

Add the Final Ingredients

After this time, add the carrots and cook for a further 3/4 hour then finally add the mushrooms and cook for a further 30 mins

Serve with the Irish Boxty Potatoes or soda bread - delicious!

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