Irish Beef and Guinness Stew

Irish Beef and Guinness Stew

The Flavors of Ireland!

The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland

You can’t tell, because, it’s cropped too tightly, but my profile picture was taken on the Cliffs of Moher.  It is my favorite picture of myself, not because it’s a particularly good photo.  (In fact, my hair is doing a funky wind dance.)  It’s my favorite, because, it was the moment I reached a life goal.  After years of money and health problems, we were able to save enough and heal enough that we traveled to Ireland and made a ten-mile hike along The Cliffs.  Those cliffs are my second favorite place on earth!

The little cafe on Inisheer.

Liam is of Irish heritage, but that doesn’t quite cover it.  He’s a rabid Irish Nationalist!  He’s proud to be American.  He waves the flag, supports our troops,  and eats BBQ on July 4th.  However, he’s VERY passionate about all things Irish.  So, St. Patrick’s Day is seriously celebrated at our house.  Since our family is also passionate about all things food, we eat some amazingly good Irish food!

Seth’s (our oldest son’s) and Liam’s birthdays are a week apart.  So, every spring we used to have an Irish Ceili to celebrate their birthdays.  Ceili is the Irish word for hospitality; so, a Ceili is opening your home and being hospitable to others.  Basically, we would have a large party with tons of Irish food and traditional Irish music.  We had some great times, then Seth moved out of state and we moved farther from our friends and family.  Now, we’ve made new friends near the farm and we’re hoping to have a Ceili again this spring.

Seals on an islet off the coast of Inisheer.

In the meantime, I thought I would share some Irish recipes our family loves.  I had to start with Beef and Guinness.  This is a rich and savory stew.  It’s wonderful and comforting.  When we traveled to Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands (just off the coast of Ireland), we ate Beef and Guinness.  We sat in the sunshine (Yes, the sun does occasionally shine there.), watched the horses and carts go by, and stuffed ourselves with stew from the only cafe open on the island.  When I make this dish, I  close my eyes and imagine myself right back in that gentle sun with views of Dun Aengus, the prehistoric ring fort on the island, in the hills above.

Horse and cart on Inisheer. The gentleman’s name was actually Patrick!
Irish Beef and Guinness Stew
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This is our favorite thing to eat on St. Patrick's Day. Beef and Guinness is easy, rich, and satisfying. It takes a couple of hours to prepare, but most of that is hands-free cook time. I use that time to make Irish Soda Bread. With Beef and Guinness Stew and fresh Irish Soda Bread, I just close my eyes and pretend I'm back in the Aran Islands.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
2 Hours
Irish Beef and Guinness Stew
Print Recipe
This is our favorite thing to eat on St. Patrick's Day. Beef and Guinness is easy, rich, and satisfying. It takes a couple of hours to prepare, but most of that is hands-free cook time. I use that time to make Irish Soda Bread. With Beef and Guinness Stew and fresh Irish Soda Bread, I just close my eyes and pretend I'm back in the Aran Islands.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
2 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Brown the beef in small batches. Remove each batch to a plate as it is completed. When the last batch is done, add it to the plate and set aside.
  3. Add the chopped onions to the pot and sautee in the remaining butter. Sautee until softened, but not browned. (about 5 minutes)
  4. Return the meat to the pan and add stout, broth, herbs, salt and pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer uncovered for an hour.
  6. Add vegetables. Return to a boil then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. Use a fork to thoroughly mix cornstarch with 1/3 cup cool or cold water. NOTE: The water MUST not be warm or it will be a gloppy mess!
  8. Stir water with cornstarch into hot stew. Allow to continue heating for a few minutes and sauce will thicken.
  9. Serve with really great bread to 'sop' up the sauce.
Recipe Notes

Note: If the stew boils down too much, the flavors become concentrated.  The Guinness can become aggressive when that happens.  Taste before serving and simply add a little water if too much cooked out.  Liam and Sam like the stronger taste, but Grace and I prefer stew that doesn't fight back! 😉

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I do hope you’ll try Beef and Guinness!  It tastes like Ireland to our family!

Fuchsia beside a path on Insheer. This picture hangs in my kitchen. It makes me smile!

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    1. Liz,
      I hope y’all enjoy the Beef and Guinness! We love it. I always double the recipe, then we eat it for lunch for a couple of days. Thanks, for hosting the Homestead Blog Hop! I really enjoy sharing and reading all the interesting posts there.
      Anne

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