Friday, March 15, 2013

Slow Cooker Drunken Irish Beef Stew

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This is such a hearty and flavorful stew. I wanted to make something for St. Patty's Day, and I'm so glad I came across this recipe. It includes both Guinness and red wine in the broth (hence "Drunken" in the title), and both give the stew remarkable flavor.

I chose to dredge the beef in flour before browning it, which made the stew extra thick and delicious. The subtlety of the Worcestershire is also evident through the beer and wine taste, and it complements the dish perfectly. The beef gets extra tender from cooking all day, so it practically falls apart on your fork. Just make sure you have some bread alongside this dish, because you'll want something to dunk. I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe St. Patty's Day. Enjoy!
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  • 3 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled & cut into 1/2-inch pieces (approx. 3 cups)
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped (approx. 1 1/2 cups)
  • 4-5 carrots, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (approx. 2 cups)
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 lbs. stew beef, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 3/4 cup Guinness beer
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. white sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch + 1 tbsp. water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Crusty bread, for serving

Place the chopped vegetables into the crockpot. Rinse the meat and pat dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Dredge beef with flour and shake off excess.

In a large, heavy bottomed skillet, heat olive oil at medium to medium-high heat. Add beef to the pan and brown on all sides, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for one minute, do not burn the garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the beef and add to the crockpot on top of the vegetables

Turn the skillet back up to medium heat. To the skillet, add butter until it's melted. Add beef broth, red wine, beer, tomato paste, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, thyme and bay leaves. Using a wooden spoon, stir the liquids as well as scrape the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil, allow to boil for at least five minutes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add cornstarch and water and stir together.

Pour broth mixture into the crockpot over vegetables and beef. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or 6-9 hours on low.

Skim the fat from the stew, if needed. Serve with crusty bread.

Source: Adapted from The Little Kitchen

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