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Guinness Beef Stew

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

It snowed again! Last week. The snowfall was actually the worst that I've seen in the UK. Apparently for parts of England, it's the heaviest snow for 18 years! London transport went into total chaos. Trains, tubes and buses were disrupted, many schools were forced to close, and as a commuter, I got to was forced to skip work.

I've been wanting to make this dish for awhile and this is the best time to give this dish a try. I left it simmering for about 3 hours and served it with couscous tossed with some chopped parsley. The dish was very rich and flavourful with a distinct taste from the Guinness. It's very heartwarming and comforting - a great stew for this snowy weather.

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  • 900g Beef - cut into cubes
  • 1 large Onion - diced
  • 1 Leek - sliced
  • 1 Carrot - sliced
  • 1 Celery Stalk - sliced
  • 1/2 bulb garlic - peeled and crushed
  • 500ml Guinness
  • 1 tbs Plain Flour
  • 1 tbs Concentrate Tomato Paste
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Dried Bay Leaves
  • 250g Closed Cup Mushrooms - halved
  • Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper

  • Brown beef on all sides. Do this in small batches if necessary. Remove beef and place aside for later use.
  • Leave about 1 tbs of oil in pot, add onions, saute until soft.
  • Add leeks, carrot and celery, saute until soft.
  • Add garlic, fry until fragrant.
  • Mix in flour, stir until well combined.
  • Pour in 1 cup of Guinness. Slowly scrapping off flour that is stuck on the pot.
  • Add 1 cup of Guinness and beef in the pot.
  • Add the rest of the Guinness, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves.
  • Bring to boil then simmer until meat is tender and sauce is thickened (about 45 mins to 1 hr).
  • Add in mushrooms, continue cooking until mushrooms are cooked.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
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5 Star Foodie said...

Love Guiness Beef Stew! Congrats on being on Alltop.

Donna-FFW said...

I knew I would like thisone by the title alone.. Guiness, you got it! Yep, sounds great and look delish!! My husband would be in Heaven.

duodishes said...

Beer-the beef flavor blaster! Totally good beef stew there.

Gabe's Girl said...

Looks wonderfully bold and yummy!

Heather said...

mmm. i love using guiness in soups and stews. this sounds yummy!

Reeni♥ said...

The stew looks delicious! Perfect comfort! Congrats on all-top!!

Dee said...

Yum! I love guinness in stews even though it's sweltering here. I really should be eating salads but I have cold weather taste buds. Sigh.

Happy belated birthday - I'm too, too jealous of your fabulous meal. We couldn't get reservations at the Spirit House and didn't have time for Pilu so I'm a bit peeved. Grumble. I'll just quietly drool over your photos for a bit I think :)

Bunny said...

This is wonderful , I love beef stew!

pigpigscorner said...

Donna: It was very flavourful and I love the Guinness taste! The wild boar said it was not salty enough though, but in my opinion, it was just right! He has to cut down on his salt intake!

duodishes: They are a great combo!

Gabe's Girl:It's was really delicious =)

Heather:Guinness soups? ooo....might try that too!

Reeni:Thanks! It was a perfect winter recipe!

Dee:It's never too hot to have stews! They are so flavourful!

Thanks for the birthday wish =)I'm sure they are more occasions to come!

Bunny: Thanks =)

Girl Japan said...

Oh... Guiness.. yum, I like beer bases soups/steams, etc.. esp crabs!!! This looks fabulous and Beef stew hits my comfort spot.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

That looks so succulent and delicious! I really should try this for Winter :)

Ben said...

It is a great stew for winter, indeed. This is another one I want to try before this season is over. Thanks for sharing!

Natashya said...

You can't beat Guinness for beef stew! Delish!

lisaiscooking said...

That must smell fantastic as it cooks! It's a perfect cold weather meal too.

Olga said...

That looks delicious...sort of like a grown up and fancy version of stew :)

Jo said...

Guinness in a stew .. sounds absolutely delicious. Can't wait to try this out.

Happy cook said...

Wowo that stew looks really comforting food for winter evenings.

Jennifer said...

gosh-what a way to a man's stomach!

pigpigscorner said...

Girl Japan:It sure is a very comforting dish!

Lorraine:The beed was really tender and delicious! You should try it during winter, keeps you really warm =)

Ben:I don't mind having this even after winter!

Natashya: Yeap! Guinness is perfect for beef stews! Yum yum!

Lisa: That 3 hrs was a torture! But it was worth the wait =)

Olga: Agree! A grown-up stew =)

Jo: It's very rich and flavourful! Do give it a try!

Happy cook: Yeap! I love stews during winter.

Jennifer: The wild boar liked the flavours but just wasn't salty enough for him!

Angry Asian said...

i love beef stew and combining it with guiness makes it all the more hearty. guiness just has such a depth of flavor. my fave chocolate cake uses guiness and it's absolutely divine.

your serving with couscous is lovely, i would've had it with a piece of warm bread.

Pam said...

My husbands favorite beer is Guiness - I really need to make this for him. Great photos!

noble pig said...

Looks delicious. I just made a version of tis using Guinness and red good...wish I would have used leeks though!

Grace said...

i can't tolerate guinness by the glass, but this i think i can handle. :)

Sandie said...

I'm chiming in, in full agreement---Guinness in beef stew is amazing. Incredible how tender it makes the meat, not to mention the stew thick and rich. I love it!

Maria said...

What a hearty stew!!

Sam said...

As far as winter food goes, it doesn't get better than this!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I used Guinness in a beef dish a couple of weeks ago. First time I had used Guinness; I usually use St. Pauli Girl or something similar. I'll post it sometime and see what you think. I like the couscous you served with this. Very nice.

mycookinghut said...

Never tasted this.. must be real godo!

pigpigscorner said...

Angry Asian:Agree, it's very rich and flavourful. I've heard raves about the guinness cake too! I've yet to try that out!

Pam: Thanks =) I'm sure he will love this dish! The guinness really added a lot of flavours and depth to this dish.

Noble Pig:Guinness and red wine! Sounds like a wonderful addition. I'll try it the next time!

Grace:I'm not a fan of Guinness either but it's really delicious in this stew!

Sandie: Me too! Love the flavours!

Maria:Great for the winter =)


My Carolina Kitchen:St. Pauli Girl? I've never had that before. But I'm starting to like cooking with beer!

mycookinghut:My first time too! It's really good!

Zen Chef said...

Oh i remember having Guinness beef stew when i lived in London years ago. Very delicious! Never made it, thanks for the inspiration.

Peter M said...

You know a beverage is good when it can be applied to food uses. Thanks for the dish...I'm hungry like a ....pig!

Kevin said...

That stew looks good! I really like the use of the Guinness!

Jamie said...

Gorgeous! I have been looking for the perfect Irish Stew recipe for ages and looks like I just may have found it (Guiness = Irish!). Mmmm good!

pigpigscorner said...

Zen Chef:I've never had this in a restaurant before but it's really simple and delicious.

Peter M:Agree esp with alcohol!

Kevin:Thank you =) This is my first time using Guinness and we liked it! It gives out so much flavours.

Jamie:I think this is perfect =)

Robin Sue said...

I am always in the market for a good stew and this one looks great. Will bookmark! Thanks

pigpigscorner said...

Robin Sue: This is a great winter stew! Love the flavours of Guinness in this. We'll definitely be making this again.

Ricardo said...

I make stews sometimes too...however I must say this Guinness beef stew looks delish, I would have some right now, you can actually see how tender it is in the picture, and the mushrooms in it just complete the dish well done....Happy Valentine's Day ... xxx

Kimberly said...

Hey, lovely photography and the food looks great.

pigpigscorner said...

Ricardo: Thanks! It was very rich and flavourful! Love the mushrooms too =)

Kimberly:Thank you =)

Chef E said...

I have looked around your site, but I am jealous of your gorgeous pictures! This looks wonderful, and I had really good stew in Ireland years ago, so I know what it can do for the flavor!

pigpigscorner said...

Chef E: Thank you =) Love the flavours, I guess I'll be cooking more for guinness!

janetching said...

I seem to have a problem to comment on your latest post on the Buttersquash and Tahini salad. I would not say yours is a copycat dish, it's just say how good it is so you would try out too, after all we want ppl to try and like our dishes, right? I have not come across this dish and with your word of mouth, I will try it too soon. Great picture too by the way.

pigpigscorner said...

Hi Janet: I've been having problems with posting lately. Sometimes the post just doesn't load when you click on it. Anyway, thanks for your comments =) there's just so many interesting recipes going around the food blogsphere isn't it. Too many recipes, too little time...

Salt N Turmeric said...

Hi, thank you for visiting and leaving comments on my blog. :)

This guinness beef stew looks and sounds yummy. Iv heard of it but have yet to try and make it. Maybe this is a sign for me to get on with it already! lol.


pigpigscorner said...

Thanks for visiting too! You have a great blog!

This stew is worth a try! Really rich and flavourful, we enjoyed it.

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