Beef in Guinness

Yield: 6 servings
Source: Recipezaar Website
Amy's Comments: This was the HIT of our Irish feast!! The beef was SO SO SO tender and extremely flavorful. It was really easy to put together. We also doubled it and it cooked in the same time with no trouble. We served this not so much as a stew, but spooned over Colcannon.

Recipe Comments: A recipe from Australian chef Iain Hewitson's book 'Tales and Recipes from a Travelling Cook', which I've adapted and posted for the Zaar World Tour 2005. Huey has published several books and his popular TV cooking show appears twice daily. Of this recipe, Huey says "Try this with different styles of beer - each will impart a different flavour. And, remember, stews and braises are even better when reheated the following day".

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 lbs stewing beef, well-trimmed and cut into cubes
salt, to taste
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
3 medium onions, sliced
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
9 oz mushrooms, sliced
2 slices bacon, rind and fat removed, diced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup beef stock
1 (333 ml) bottle Guinness stout

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large, heavy-based, non-stick pan and brown the beef on all sides. You may need to do this in 2 or 3 batches. Add more oil if needed. Remove, set aside and season to taste.
  3. Add a little more oil to the pan and sauté the onions, garlic, mushrooms and bacon, until the onions, garlic and mushrooms are softening.
  4. Place the beef, onion, garlic, mushrooms and bacon in a large ovenproof pot, add the sugar, tomato paste, beef stock and Guinness and mix well so that all the ingredients are well-combined.
  5. Season to taste, and cover the pot tightly with foil and the lid, and cook for 1.25 to 1.5 hours or until the beef is tender.

NUTRITIONAL INFO (per Mastercook):

H.U: 9 per serving
405 Calories; 20g Fat (47.8% calories from fat); 38g Protein; 12g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 93mg Cholesterol; 536mg Sodium.

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