World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, World Cuisine Wednesdays | on March 17th, 2010

Top o’ the morning to you, travelers!  I hope everyone is having a grand St. Patrick’s Day!  It is a glorious day here in Portland, Maine- 58° with plenty of sunshine!  I find it only fitting that today I share with you a recipe from Ireland.  A coworker who hails from Dublin shared some of her favorite traditional Irish recipes with me today, and with her permission, I am sharing one with you all.

Guinness & Beef Stew

2 c chopped carrots
2 large onions, chopped
1 clove minced garlic
1 tbsp tomato puree, dissolved in 5 tbsp water
2 tbsp flour, seasoned with salt, pepper and cayenne (in large plastic bag)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 ¬Ω c Guinness
2 lbs lean stewing beef, trimmed and cut into 2 inch cubes
1 sprig of thyme
2 bay leaves
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Place beef cubes in a bowl with 1 tbsp of olive oil and toss until well coated, then place beef in plastic bag with flour mixture and toss.  Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan over high flame.  After meat has browned on all sides, add onions, garlic and tomato puree.  Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook for about 5-7 minutes.

Transfer into a deep, oven safe casserole dish and pour ½ of the Guinness into the hot frying pan.  Bring to a boil, and pour into casserole dish.  Add bay leaves, thyme, carrots and remaining beer and stir well.  Cover and bake at 300° for 2 ½ to 3 hours.

This delicious stew will leave you hungry for more!  Maybe next year instead of making the stew in your kitchen, you will be enjoying it from across the pond in an authentic Irish pub!

Happy eating!  Have a safe and wonderful St. Patrick’s Day, 2010!

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