To celebrate the festivities, what could be better than eating Beef and Guinness Stew? I love Guinness and although it is a meal in and of itself, it is also a great ingredient for a meal! For those of you who are Irish, and those of you like me who are honorary Irish folk for the day, enjoy your celebration. I hope it includes lots of soda bread, Guinness, merriment, and luck!
Beef and Guinness Stew (Courtesy of The Gourmet Slow Cooker Cookbook by Lynn Alley)
3/4 cup of flour
2 1/2 pounds very lean stewing beef, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
3 carrots, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 large yellow onions, quartered
2 sprigs of thyme
2 cups of Guinness stout or other very dark, hearty beer
1 teaspoon salt
Place flour in a re-sealable plastic bag and add the beef, shaking to coat completely.
Heat a large saute pan on high heat and add the oil. In batches if necessary, add the beef and cook until brown on all sides. Using tongs, transfer to paper towel to drain.
Place the beef, carrots, potatoes, onions, and thyme in the slow cooker and pour the beer on top. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours (until the meat is very tender). Season with salt.
Enjoy stew with a pint of Guinness!