Friday, March 18, 2011

Beef & Irish Stout Stew

 Ingredients:

  • 2lbs lean beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 ½ c Irish stout beer (such as Guinness)
  • 2 c chopped carrot
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Directions:

  • Toss the beef cubes with 1 tbsp of vegetable oil.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Dredge the beef in this to coat.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the beef, and brown on all sides. Add the onions, and garlic. Stir the tomato paste into a small amount of water to dilute; pour into the pan and stir to blend. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Pour 1/2 cup of the beer into the pan, and as it begins to boil, scrape any bits of food from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. This adds a lot of flavor to the broth. Pour in the rest of the beer, and add the carrots and thyme. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning before serving.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley.

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