Top o‚Äô the morning to you, travelers!¬† I hope everyone is having a grand St. Patrick‚Äôs 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 ¬Ω 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 ¬Ω 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‚Äôs Day, 2010!